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We remember the friends of UMD
who have left us.
Frances Z. Alden, ’30 and ’65, passed away in January
at the age of 90. Frances was a fourth-grade teacher in Proctor.
Richard H. Arnold, ’60, of Tucson, Arizona, died in October
of 2001. Richard was a high school art teacher and a golf coach. After
retiring early, he enjoyed golfing, painting, and traveling.
James Walsh Bianco, ’51, died in May. After graduating, James
served for three years in the U.S. Marine Corps until he was honorably
discharged in 1953. In 1967, James purchased the First National Bank
in Cass Lake and served as the president.
Myron Elliott Bruzonsky, ’62, passed away in January in Duluth.
Myron was born in Duluth, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree
in business from UMD. He worked for the Ben Overman Finance and Real
Estate Co. for many years.
Glenn W. Burke, ’69, died in May. Glenn was a charter member,
the first president, and later the secretary and fire marshal of the
Rice Lake Township Volunteer Fire Fighters. Glenn was also a boy scout,
receiving the Silver Scout in recognition for his 32 years of service.
John E. Burns, ’52, died in November of 1999, in Oklahoma City,
OK. John earned his MBA from Oklahoma City University in 1972 and
worked for AT&T for 36 years until his retirement in 1988. John
was also a major in the Air Force Reserves.
David R. Carlson, ’72, of Duluth, passed away in May at the
age of 54. David worked for Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a
past president and member of the Lake Superior Transportation Club,
and also a member of the National Model Railroad Association.
June Carlson, ’64, of Duluth, died in October of 2001. June
and her husband, John, were married in 1939. After graduating from
UMD, she taught at Duluth East High School until her retirement in
Bette (Dickson) Casteel died in August in Corrales, NM. Bette published
two books, Old Town, Albuquerque and Dental Probe. Bette co-founded
an artist co-op gallery in Corrales in the late 1950s and served as
the president of the New Mexico Art League in 1958-1959.
James R. Cleary, ’63, passed away in January. James taught in
Henderson, MN, and Edgerton, MN. While teaching, he also worked for
the Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway for 37 years as a conductor.
Hildegard N. Danburg, ’38, died in July in Baton Rouge, at
the age of 91. Hildegard and her husband Dwight lived in Seattle,
Norwich and in Greenwell Springs. Hildegard was a kindergarten teacher
for the Lutheran school for nine years. Hildegard and Dwight were
avid travelers, visiting all 50 states and 32 foreign countries.
Larry DeCaigny, ’73, passed away in November. Larry taught in
Barnum, MN, and Aitkin, MN, until he was appointed postmaster of Sawyer
in 1980. He also owned and operated the Sawyer Store for 22 years.
Mary Jean Ekman, ’56 and ME ’76, died in September. She
taught in the Hoyt Lakes and Roseville area schools. She was a member
of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for outstanding female
educators. Mary Jean also played in the St. Paul Civic Orchestra and
was a member of the senior royalty for the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
Rosina Lydia Engman, ’62, died in June. Rosina was a teacher
in the Eveleth, Parkville, and St. Bonifacius schools. She was also
an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and a member of the
Alpha Delta Kappa sorority.
Conrad McCormack Fredin, JD, ’48, died in June. Conrad briefly
attended the Duluth State Teachers College and St. Thomas before graduating
from Carleton College. After receiving his law degree from the University
of Minnesota, Conrad served on the Editorial Board of the Minnesota
Law Review and later worked for three other Duluth law firms.
Eva Mae (Bloomgren) Glinsman, ’51, died in July in Rochester,
MN. Eva Mae taught physical education at Duluth Central in the 1950s.
Eva Mae also taught in Illinois and in the Cambridge-Isanti school
Francis R. Gnotta, ’65, died in July in Proctor, MN. Francis
was a veteran of the Korean War, and served in the Minnesota Air National
Guard. Francis was also a brakeman for the DM&IR Railway and then
later worked for the St. Louis County Social Service Department for
25 years, until his retirement in 1992.
Dr. Volker G. Goldschmidt died in October. Volker taught at the UMD
Medical School and at Duluth’s VoTech (Lake Superior Community
College). Volker attended the Universities of Goettingen, Tuebingen,
and Munich in Germany before immigrating to Seattle in 1952.
James Good, ’80, died in November in Duluth. James was a teacher
in the Duluth school district for many years. He loved gardening,
nature, reading, and teaching.
Richard Gottschald, ’58, died in November. Richard served in
the Air National Guard for six years. He was a prominent television
and radio personality in Duluth. Richard began his news-broadcasting
career with WKLK in Cloquet, MN. He was also the co-founder of KUMD.
Mary J. (Borgen) Grace, (’51, MA ’69), passed away in
September in Moose Lake, MN. Mary graduated with her teaching certificate
in elementary education from the Duluth State Teachers College in
1951 and later returned to receive her master’s of art degree
in 1969. Mary taught for more than 33 years. Mary also had two children
with her husband, Duane Grace.
Roger E. Gunderson, ’58, died in December of 2001. Roger was
an accountant for Modern Distributors, WEBC Radio, the Duluth Entertainment
Convention Center and Grussendorf’s Nursery.
Robert L. Hall (MA ’70) died in October of 2001, in Grand Rapids,
MN. He served as a radio operator and gunner on B-24 bombers for the
Army Air Corps until 1946. Robert graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s
degree in English before receiving his master’s degree in English.
Frederick W. Hart, ’48 and ME ’49, died in September.
Frederick, of Crosslake, MN, was a student at Drexel University in
Philadelphia while serving in the Air Force and later in World War
II. Frederick taught in the Duluth school system for 37 years, primarily
at Duluth Central where he also coached.
Bruce Hassinger, ’65, passed away in November in Denver. Bruce
was a professional geologist. Bruce and his wife, Sally, were married
in June of 1969.
Wallace F. Heikkinen, ’52, the first captain of the UMD hockey
team, died in January. Wallace was drafted into the U.S. Army during
World War II, serving as a navigator in the Army Air Corp and attaining
the rank of Second Lieutenant. He worked for the Soudan Mine from
1952, until its closing, and for the City of Tower as the City Clerk
Linda Rae (Griffin) Hilsen, ’68 and ’73, died in Duluth
in January. Linda received her master’s degree in English in
1973. She was an instructor and then an associate professor at UMD.
Linda was a doctoratal candidate from the University of Minnesota’s
educational leadership program.
Roderick V. Hood, ’32, died in June. Roderick was an insurance
executive for Liscomb-Hood-Mason for 55 years. He was the first Minnesotan,
and only the sixth nationwide, to earn the insurance designation of
Charter Property Casualty Underwriters. Roderick was with Duluth Junior
Chamber of Commerce, the Senior Chamber, Duluth Jaycees, and Duluth
Chester “Chet” Isakson, ’57, died in October. Chet
was an avid Harley rider and a member of the Hog Riders and Retread
Cycle Clubs. Chet coached Little League baseball, girls softball,
and all stages of youth hockey. Chet retired from Alliant Tech Systems
Melvin A. Jacobson, ’52, died in December of 1999 in Yuma, Arizona.
Melvin served in the Korean War as battalions supply sergeant and
was awarded the Bronze Star. Melvin owned and operated Mel’s
IGA Supermarket for 31 years.
Martha Jane (Ostmoe) Jarrells died in June. After graduating, Martha
taught home economics at Oltman Junior High and in the St. Paul Adult
Evening Program for many years. For the last ten years, Martha had
been an employee of Land O’Lakes department of Consumer Affairs
in Arden Hills, MN. Martha and her husband, Bill, were married for
31 years. The couple had two children.
Alta R. Johnson, ’34, died in September in Duluth. Alta taught
in Akeley and Sandstone, MN. After marrying Elmer T. Johnson in 1940,
Alta devoted herself to raising their five children. She was a member
of the Eastern Star, Trinity Chapter 242 D.E.S. as well as a member
of the Three Lakes Development Association, AARP, SOAR and the Wally
Byam Air Streamers.
Dennis M. Johnson, ’69, died in December. Dennis was a youth
counselor and served as the director of Upward Bound.
Darlene Johnson, ’59, died in March. Darlene was an elementary
teacher at Julius Barnes. She was also a tutor and a substitute teacher
for many years. Darlene was a fantastic cook and baker. She loved
gardening, crafting, and knitting.
Donald G. Johnson, ’55, died in February. Donald graduated from
Northwestern School of Agriculture at the age of 17. During World
War II, he served in the Mediterranean area, China, and Guam. He was
also involved in the Korean War. He served in the armed services for
42 years. Donald was also a science teacher at the West Junior and
Morgan Park schools.
Gerald K. Johnson, ’54, of Roseville, MN, passed away in May.
Gerald was 69 years old. After college, Gerald was a member of the
U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany.
Marion Elmi Johnson, ’58, died in December of 2001. Marion and
her daughter graduated from UMD the same year. Marion was honored
as the St. Louis County Teacher of the Year during her teaching career.
She also wrote a novel, A Finntown of the Heart in 1998.
Earl Norman Juntunen, ’52, of Esko, MN, died in April. Earl
was an artist and designer, and worked for architectural firms in
Duluth, Virginia, and Minneapolis. Earl was also an Army veteran serving
in the Korean War.
Edward N. Kerola (MSA ’48), of Virginia, MN, died in April.
Edward was a graduate of Virginia Junior College, Ohio State University,
UMD, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Edward was the superintendent
of schools in the Tower, MN, area from 1956 until his retirement.
Gertrude Link Klippen, ’55, died in July. In 1939, Gertrude
and her husband, Herbert, were married. Gertrude taught for 40 years
at elementary schools in Orr and Proctor, MN.
George Louis Kloepfel, ’70, died in September. George and his
wife Florence Ellefson were married for 52 years. George served with
the Army in France and Japan during World War II. He worked for the
Postal Service, completed his business administration degree and then
worked for the Minnesota Sales Tax Compliance Office.
Emelia A. Komulainen, ’28, died in September. Emelia married
Einar Kormulainen in 1943. Emelia taught for over 33 years in the
Gilbert and Buhl schools.
Ellen M. Korpi, ’60, of Grand Rapids, MN, died in July. Ellen
graduated from the Duluth State Teachers College in 1928. Ellen taught
in school district #318 for 32 years.
Perry Landgren, ’36 died in November in Maryville, TN. Perry
received his bachelor’s degree from the Duluth State Teachers
College, and taught in rural Minnesota. Perry later served as a meteorologist
in Alaska and Ohio for the U.S. Navy.
Robert J. Marchetti died in July. In 1988, Robert received the Distinguished
Service Award for participation in starting the UMD Engineering School.
The local I.E.E.E. chapter named its scholarship for engineering students
the “Robert J. Marchetti Scholarship Fund.”
Wilma I. Mills, ’45, passed away in January of 2000. Wilma taught
in various schools in St. Louis County where her special interests
were art and music.
Gudrun Mobroten, a graduate of the Duluth State Teacher’s College,
passed away in February. Gudrun taught young children for 45 years.
Bennett Isaac Moyle, ’68, of Edina, MN, died in July. After
graduating, Ben worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis,
and later formed his own consulting firm, B.I. Moyle Associates, Inc.
specializing in software for IBM mainframes.
Leslie L. Nys, ’50, died in February in Minneapolis. He and
Kathleen Beaudin were married in 1941. Leslie was an Army veteran
of World War II. He worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Duluth until
his retirement in December of 1973.
Pearl M. Nordin passed away in July. Pearl was a cook at St. Ann’s
Hospital and at UMD until her retirement. Pearl was a member of the
Meadowlands Senior Citizens and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary 3044.
Helmer Helarious Ogren II, ’43, died in January. Helmer and
his wife Beatrice were married 53 years. He worked for Boeing, Honeywell
and Northern Ordinance before going back to college to receive his
teaching certificate and teaching at White Bear Lake High School.
Dr. Dale W. Olsen, (MA ’55), died in June. Dale was a political
science professor at UMD for 35 years until his retirement in 1997.
He received the Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 1975.
Dale also served on the Duluth Planning Commission, the Duluth Charter
Commission, and many other agencies.
Reverend Willis Aron Olson, ’52, passed away in September. Willis
earned his master’s degree in biology from the University of
Wisconsin. Willis married Lydia Wipf in 1946. He was a pastor in the
Gethsemane, Adolf, Stillwater, Anoka, Randall, Hudson, and Ironwood
Covenant churches throughout his career. Willis also taught biology
for 20 years until his retirement.
John W. Osborne, ’58 and MA ’73, died in October. John
graduated in 1958 with a bachelor of arts degree. After college, John
served in the Army for two years. John worked as a teaching principal
in the Finlayson schools. He later served as the superintendent of
the school district until his retirement in 1987.
Donna M. Osterman, ’60, died in December of 2001. Donna and
her husband, Atlee, were married for 59 years. Donna taught for 44
years in Swatara, Kettle River, Tamarack, Palisade, Aitkin, Jacobson,
Bennetville, White Bear Lake and in Cloquet.
Nelda S. Pake, of Buffalo Grove, IL, passed away in March. Upon obtaining
her degree in engineering, Nelda worked as an aeronautical engineer
for Curtiss Wright Corp. After marrying and having five children,
Nelda stopped working until the early 1960s when she returned as a
secretary for Altrusa International Inc., and later at Rand McNally
as an editor. Nalda journeyed to the Middle and Far East to gather
information for the Rand McNally travel guides.
Ruby Pedersen passed away in November in Duluth. Ruby graduated from
the Duluth State Teachers College. She taught at Nettleton Elementary
School. For 30 years, Ruby was a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Florence (Bell) Peterson, a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers
College, died in January in Moose Lake, MN. Florence taught at Blackhoof
Valley School, and later worked for West Publishing in St. Paul. She
married George Peterson in June of 1930.
Major Boyd M. Phelps, ’42, died in March, in Duluth. After college,
Boyd joined the U.S. Navy, and then signed over to fly with the Marine
Corps. He was a B25 bomber pilot during World War II, where he won
the Distinguished Flying Cross. Boyd also spent time in Korea during
the Korean War. He and his wife, Phoebe Reed, were married in 1943.
Evangeline B. Piper, ’69, died in June. Evangeline and Bertram
Piper were married in 1932 and together celebrated 68 years of marriage.
Evangeline was key to setting up the Duluth Building Trades Welfare
Fund office, but most of her career was spent as a teacher in North
Dakota and in Duluth.
Vivian P. Priest, ’53, died in February in Two Harbors, MN.
Vivian taught in Iowa and Nebraska for 22 years before moving to Two
Harbors in 1950. She was the principal of John A. Johnson Elementary
School, then worked as a Title I director until retiring in 1977.
Walter “Bud” Saunders, ’55, passed away in September.
He was an Eagle Scout, and later a Korean War veteran. Bud and his
wife Susan were married in 1955. He worked for Reserve Mining Co.
for 31 years.
Ethel Beatty Schnaufer, ’60, died in Colorado Springs in November.
Ethel was the daughter of the first park ranger at Fort Wilkins State
Park in Michigan. Ethel graduated from the Northern State Teacher’s
College in Michigan in 1932.
Walter Ross “Skip” Seaquist, ’71, of Duluth, passed
away in September. “Skip” worked as an independent insurance
salesman in Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, and Deer River.
Florence Soderlund Sheeks died in December. Florence graduated from
the Duluth State Teachers College. Florence worked for Fanny Farmer
Candies, Independent Cleaners, and as a seamstress.
Leonard Stone, ’62, died in October in Dallas, TX. Leonard was
a meteorologist with the United States Air Force, a Vietnam veteran,
and a network engineer.
Sister Agnes Marie Stopnik, OSB, ’48, died in February. Sister
Agnes Marie entered the Duluth Benedictine community in 1936. Her
years of teaching were spent at many Minnesota schools, including
St. Bridget’s, St. Anthony’s, St. Clement’s, Assumption,
St. Leo’s, and St. Joseph’s.
Gordon Strand, ’57, died in St. Louis Park, MN, in November.
Gordon was a past president of GIIA Society and a member of the Methodist
Hospital Stroke Group.
Ronald Sundeen, ’68, passed away in December. Ronald and his
wife of 51 years, Virginia, had 10 children. He worked for Enger and
Olson for 20 years, and later owned a plant nursery and worked as
a real estate agent in Gainesville, FL.
Joanne Margaret “Peggy” Taylor, ’55, of Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, passed away in October of 2000. Peggy‚ and her husband,
Herb, were married in 1952, and resided in Duluth and Worcester, Massachusetts
before moving to Cape Girardeau. Peggy was a volunteer for Women of
Domestic Abuse, taught English to adults, and reading to children.
Vida Wold, ’56, died in November. After graduating from the
Duluth State Teachers College, Vida taught in many places, including
the Willow River school district for 34 years. She enjoyed children,
gardening, hunting, and traveling.
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