Luther Alumni Magazine

Pen pals for life

Alumnae from the class of 1961 have kept up a friendship and a special correspondence for nearly six decades. Ann (Knutson) Rotto says, “Campus House hosted senior girls in 1960–61. Three bathrooms and about 20 girls—ouch! We loved our surroundings and became very connected. Ten of us were discussing how to keep connected as we left for the big world.”

They agreed to a round-robin letter, in which each woman would take a turn writing down the highlights of her life before sending it to the next person in line. The letter has now celebrated its 58th year.

Back row (left to right): Darlene (Johnson) Wheeler, Judy (Hestenes) Knutson, Carol Borson, Karen (Kiland) Erlander. Front row: Carol (Rasmussen) James, Audrey (Bielenberg) Costello, Barbara (Kumm) Nelson, Karen (Gulsvig) Johnson, Ann (Knutson) Rotto.
Back row (left to right): Darlene (Johnson) Wheeler, Judy (Hestenes) Knutson, Carol Borson, Karen (Kiland) Erlander. Front row: Carol (Rasmussen) James, Audrey (Bielenberg) Costello, Barbara (Kumm) Nelson, Karen (Gulsvig) Johnson, Ann (Knutson) Rotto.

Rotto says, “We have lost husbands and children (and have been there for each other), but all 10 of us are alive, able to travel, and clear-minded . . . and we all turn 80 this year!” The group reunited in Minneapolis last June for a wonderful celebration of life and friendship.