Class of 1999 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Members of the Class of 1999,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As we write to you today in late March, Luther students are enjoying the last few days of spring break. Earlier this month, the Development Office participated in Luther’s second annual Giving Day on March 9, which proved to be a fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund. More than $500,000 was raised that day; thank you to all who made gifts!

You probably heard the news about our beloved Weston Noble ’43, who died Dec. 21, 2016.  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!

Do you have memories of past Luther experiences you’d like to share? We’re sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send us your stories!

We’ll write again in the fall,

Jen (Larsen) Newburg          and        Sarah Tofte
[email protected]                         [email protected]


Stephanie Larson of Rochelle, Ill., is a self-employed writer and teacher and provides spiritual advice in a counseling setting. She plans to publish her first book, Discover Your Master Chakra, in February 2017. Stephanie is also an Airbnb superhost, and her house is the location of three films in progress by Columbia College and Northwestern University students.

Dawn (Egbert) Munce is director of management services at Realife Management Services in Apple Valley, Minn.
Castine (Toote) Rhoades Williams of Orangeburg, S.C., is senior optimization executive at CampusWorks Inc. in Bradenton, Fla.

Lori (Hagen) Schoenhard is software development manager at Proficient Learning in Wilmington, N.C.

Aaron Swenson is division manager of privacy for John Deere Financial in Madison, Wis. He earned certification as a certified regulatory compliance manager last June.


LINDSEY (SMITH) and Anthony Munson welcomed a daughter, Yenework, born in May 2012, adopted in March 2013.

JULIE (BUSSMAN) and Chris Scherb welcomed a daughter, Kyra Skye, in September 2016. Kyra joins brother Jaxon.


Maren (Aune) Zabel of Circle Pines, Minn., died June 15, 2016, at age 39. She graduated cum laude in 1999 with majors in anthropology and art. Maren is survived by her husband, Anthony; children, Esther and Trygve; brother, Mark Aune ’01; parents, Edward Aune ’72  and Sharon (Vangen) Aune ’71; mother-in-law, Joan Zabel; and aunts, uncles, nieces, other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Gary Zabel; grandparents, Morris and Gladys Vangen and Roy and Dorothy Aune; and aunt, Patricia Olson.

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.

Bradley Aaberg
Julie Adams
Rhonda (Osborn) Albert
Carryn (Ensrude) Anderson
Michael Anderson
Sari (Zimmerman) Anderson
Joel Bacon
Angela Bogle
Katherine (Starz) Boonstra
Nathan Boonstra
Heather (Larson) Brown
Shannon (Burhop) Bruskiewicz
Michelle (Jennings) Bumpus
Erika (Holey) Burleson
John Burton
Christopher Carter
Liesl (Freriks) Chaplin
Robert Chaplin
Heidi Christian
Benjamin Cilek
Stephanie (Laufenberg) Coady
Erin (Brooks) Croll
Lea Dalldorf
James Deeds
Heather (Eckes) Doffing
Kari (Nordli) Douma
Joel Duenow
Brent Ebling
Carrie (Niebur) Eisnaugle
Eric (Hopkins) Ellingsen
Kathleen (Lovett) Epperson
Erin Erb Jensen
Alison (Auge) Fekety
Anna (Pofahl) George
Michelle Gibson Lund
Ryan Gjerde
Robin (Ross) Gosai
Mark Gregerson
Mitchel Hansen
Erik Holland
Lisa (Riggins) Hood
Corey Hoodjer
April Hussong
Ryan Ihrke
Emily (Cress) Jaramillo
Gina Jensen
Amitpal Johal
Adrian Johnson
Dawn Johnson
Eric Klimpke
Sarah (Nelson) Kowitz
Shailaja Kunwar
Jennifer (Filteau) Lahaie
Ann (Witte) LaPoint
Amie (Siebenaler) Larkin
Benjamin Larson
Rachel (Forde) Larson
Jaime Leimer Decker
Brian Liedtke
Sarah (Lafrenz) Liedtke
Nii Lokko
Justin Malin
Jessica Massie
Sarah Maxwell Leckband
Megan McCall Sande
Jill (Schnettler) McGregor
Mackenzie (Routh) McNaughton
Julie (Broker) Moenck
Anne-Lise (Carlson) Muir
Adam Nelson
Kelly (Millberg) Nelson
Jennifer (Larsen) Newburg
Katherine (Perrault) Nordquist
Amy (Hinshaw) Nyren
Andrew Nyren
Sarah O'Banion
Marney Olson
Jeremy Owen
Amy (Tyriver) Paulios
Matthew Perkins
Matthew Peschau
Amy (Albers) Peterson
Clayton Peterson
Martha Rockenstein
Lori (Stork) Ryan
Nicole Schimke Flynn
Karen (Erceg) Schock
Lori (Hagen) Schoenhard
Kelli (Pauling) Shidler
Jorie (Pietscher) Shire
Julie (Strang) Shurtleff
Anthony Siemonsma
Rebecca (Olson) Sjowall
Sally (Thurman) Sklarsky
Jennifer (Gavle) Steffensmeier
Erin (Kruger) Stewart
Joan (Gunderson) Stoikes
Ryan Stroschein
Marcy (Howerter) Swain
Rhonda Thompson
Jonathan Twedell
Sara Uthe Holm
Kathryn (Stortz) Uthoff
Julie Vano
Matthew Walker
Maren (Kirkegaard) Walz
Alicia (Mikkonen) Wojchik
John Yearous
Kari (Barnaal) Yearous
Jamison Young
†Maren (Aune) Zabel
Yvonne Zachman Fiedler
Heather (Wass) Zimmerman

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)