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Volume 17 • Number 2 • Spring 2000


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The University of Minnesota Duluth Bridge publishes Alumni Notes. You can send us notes by e-mail: alumni@d.umn.edu, by fax at 218-726-6186 or by sending the form on page 22. If you are in the U.S., you can send your note to: Alumni Director, University Relations, University of Minnesota Duluth, 315 DAdB, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. This issue of the Bridge reflects the notes we received before March 30, 2000.

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PASSING
Remembering those who have left us

1932

James A. Minogue, 87, of Duluth, died Monday, December 20 in Irvington, VA. James graduated from Duluth State Teachers College with post-graduate education at George Washington University. He was a World War II veteran and retired as a commander in the USNR. After retirement he served as national president of North American Rock Garden Society in Front Royal, Virginia.

1935

Mary "Marge" Murphy, 85, formerly of Grand Rapids, MN, died January 10. After graduation, Mary taught school in the Coleraine area for two years. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and St. Theresa's Circle. She also volunteered at Leisure Hills Care Center in Grand Rapids.

           

1936

Genevieve C. Kramer of Hinckley, MN, died January 24 at St. Anthony Park Home in St. Paul. Genevieve was a teacher.

                                               

1942

Audrey Hartzburg passed away on November 20. She earned her bachelor's degree in education at UMD.

1945

Walma I. Mills, 76, of Ely, MN, died January 22. Walma taught at several different schools in St. Louis County and was especially interested in artwork and music. She was also gifted in performing.

1946

Kenneth J. Talkovich died March 10. He married Theresa Sternal in 1931 and earned a master of arts at U of M-Twin Cities and took graduate courses at UMD. He taught mathematics and science at various schools in Duluth then became principal in 1941 at Central High School until retirement in 1973. He was an officer in the Naval Reserve for fourteen years, past president and treasurer of the Duluth Principals and Supervisors Association, a member of Phi Delta Kappa, National Association of Retired Educators and Minnesota Senior Federation. He was also an usher and member of the youth committee at the Cathedral of Our Lady of The Rosary.

1948

Dean A. Lindberg, 76, of Duluth, died December 22. Dean taught in Spokane, WA, for five years, then returned to Duluth where he continued to teach. He worked as a chief chemist for 32 years at the Conoco Refinery, retiring in 1985. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he acted as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, deacon and elder.

           

1950

Lloyd B. Ellingsen passed away March 5 of pneumonia after several years of cancer. Lloyd served in World War II with the 30th infantry Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star in the Battle of the Bulge. He completed graduate studies at the University of Colorado after graduating from UMD. He served in the public schools of many states and as principal in Billings, MT. He considered it a great privilege and responsibility to work with youth. He enjoyed hiking, canoeing, reading and working on his computer.

1952

Dolores "Dee" Campbell Brust, of Hibbing, died of cancer March 2. Dolores was a lifeguard for the Duluth Parks Department during her summers at UMD. In 1948 she demonstrated her expert ability by swimming from the Duluth Ship Canal to the Superior Entry. She taught health and physical education in McGregor then moved to Taconite Harbor with her husband John Brust. She was the first woman to be honored with a lifetime membership to the Hibbing Curling Club.

John "Mickey" Edward Burns, 71, formerly of Duluth, died November 27 in Oklahoma City, OK. Mickey worked for Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies for 36 years before retiring as a supervisor in 1988. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves the same year with the rank of Major.

Mayme Elizabeth Pederson, 94, of Duluth, died January 28. Mayme taught mostly fifth grade for 43 years in the Twin Ports. She was a member of the Duluth Retired Teachers Association and the National Wildlife Federation. She loved bird watching and arts and crafts.                                                                        

1953

Elvira M. Svard, 93, of Two Harbors, died January 10. With her degree in elementary education, Elvira taught for a total of 25 years in Milaca and Two Harbors, MN. She also taught Sunday school and served as the church librarian at the First Baptist Church where she was a member. She sang with the "Silvertones" and volunteered with Meals on Wheels for thirteen years.

Ruby (Ostrom) Thomas and her husband Kermit have four grown sons and six grandchildren now. Ruby is teaching private piano lessons and playing ragtime piano with the Lake Superior Ragtime Society. Her hobby is collecting sheet music; she currently has about 4000 pieces ranging from the late 1800s to the 1970s.

1954

Ernest Hanson, 66, died April 4, 1999. Ernest earned his degree in business administration and returned in 1959 for a degree in business education. He and his wife Anna resided in Ocseola, WI.

Tolvo Edward Oja, 82, of Duluth, died February 15 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. Tolvo served in the marine division of the Air Force during World War II after which he worked for a season on the tugboat Essayons with his new Merchant Marine License. He was a civil engineer for the city of Duluth for 35 years before retiring in 1985. Retirement gave him the time to go out to dinner and dancing as well as watching the boat traffic move in and out of the harbor.

1956

Esther F. Remington, 98, of Minneapolis, formerly of Duluth, died January 19. Esther earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from UMD and worked as an artist and a teacher during the 22 years she lived in Duluth.

1961

Bernadine A. Kaminski of Orchard Park, NY, died February 19. Bernadine was a native of Duluth and was proud to have been a graduate of UMD. She taught elementary and junior high school. She was a Red Cross volunteer during WWII, a Girl Scout, a hospital volunteer and acted in community theater productions. She enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking, bird watching, music, bridge, golf and traveling.

Alvin B. Ness, 91, of Stillwater, MN, formerly of Duluth, died December 29. Alvin was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at St. Olaf College before earning his master's degree in curriculum and instruction at UMD. He spent most his life as a successful teacher, coach, and principal in Wisconsin and Duluth and retired as elected superintendent of St. Louis County Schools. Alvin was an active member of Gloria Dei and First Lutheran Churches, directing the choir and serving as congregation president.

Rudolph P. Wuotila, 78, of Gilbert, MN, died April 11, 1998. Rudy was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service in World War II in the Aleutians and Italy. He taught elementary school and also coached hockey and tennis. He was a life member of MEA and belonged to the UMD Alumni Association.

1963

Carter F. Johnson, DDS, 58, of Duluth, died December 27. After earning a degree in chemistry at UMD, he went on to the Minnesota Dental School. Carter achieved fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and earned their prestigious Mastership Award. He was president of the Minnesota Academy of Gnathological Research and elected to the American Equilibration Society in 1992.

1965

Louise Quast has been busy the last fifteen years. She works for Tennant Company, a worldwide manufacturer of cleaning equipment and products, is the editor of a global newsletter to over 2000 employees and is currently writing a suspense novel.

1968

Daniel E. Lindskog of Kentucky married Jan Haines on October 30. A reaffirming of the service will take place at Salem Lutheran Church in Hermantown on July 2, 2000 for all their Minnesota friends. Dan retired in December from Wausau Insurance as a safety engineer after 32 years. One month later he started his own safety consulting company and is doing quite well. He will have plenty of time for tennis, golf, fishing and hunting at his cabin on Whiteface.

Lilly Lingren, 88, of Carlton, died October 27. Lilly taught school in Michigan, Montana and Minnesota, finishing her career in Two Harbors. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and participated in Ladies Aid and the quilting group. Lilly served on the Lake County Council on Aging and volunteered for over twenty years at the Lake View Nursing Home in Two Harbors. She was a VFW Auxiliary member and a life member of the Sons of Norway.

1970

Clark C. Peterson has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature Degree from Omega Bible Institute & Seminary (OBIS) of Swartz, LA and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Evangel Christian University of America of Monroe, LA. Although a resident of Hinckley, MN, Clark is chief announcer and head writer for the Mid-South Wrestling Federation, based out of Oklahoma City.

1971

Karen Elizabeth (von Glahn) Habert of Duluth earned an MBA in business administration in 1999. She is currently self-employed as a certified public accountant.

Gary Hafner's wife Susan, after raising their two children, went back to college and graduated from Central Connecticut in 1996. She is now a sixth grade teacher. Both of their children are currently in graduate school out of state.

Phil Johnson is working with the US Olympics effort as the National Coordinator of women's pole vault development for USA Track and Field. He is also a senior project manager for Learning Byte International where he manages computer-based training software.              

1972

Mavis E. Thiede, who earned a double major in psychology and sociology, worked as a lead social worker in Mower County until she was recently hired by Olmsted county to supervise social workers in the developmental disabilities unit.

1974

James H. Danzl II, who earned a degree in economics, is currently working for Transtar/Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railway Company as the director of marketing. He is involved in his church, United Methodist, Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts.

1976

Leslie E. Carpenter II just returned from a four year assignment with Dow Corning in Tokyo, Japan.

Lawrence T. "Larry" Geissler, 63, of Duluth, died November 18. Larry was co-owner of General Appliance Repair Company and also an instructor at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior for 25 years. He was a member of the Arrowhead Radio Amateur Club and the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians, as well as past president of both the American Federation of Teachers Local 395 and the Twin Ports Dog Training Club.

Janet L. (Hiukka-Crotteau) Snyder, 49, of Duluth, died November 24. She earned bachelor's degrees in international law and political science. She had two children with her former husband, James Crotteau.

1977

David L. Boyer, 46, formerly of Cloquet, MN, died October 30. Dave worked as a woodworker, bookkeeper for Queen of Peace Church and served as sexton for the church cemetery. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Cloquet school board and Habitat for Humanity.

Marcia K. (Olson) Semerau has worked at the Duluth Public Library for 27 years, and is currently the senior library technician. She has been a member of the Bulldog Club Board of Trustees since its inception and her son Josh Wright is a freshman at UMD this 1999-2000 school year.

1979

Eric L. Iverson started a new job in June of 1999 at Augustana Home of Hastings, working as the director of development and volunteer services. The company is an affiliate of the Augustana Care Corporation, based out of Minneapolis. Eric and his wife, Cindy, have two children: Kaitlyn, 14, and Kevin, 10.

1980

Pamela Terwilliger was recently named Metropolitan State University's academic publications coordinator/editor by interim president Dennis N. Nielsen. As academic editor, she is responsible for the university's Class Schedule, the Catalyst and several other university newsletters, academic publication, and some photography.

1981

Elenn Elness, M.D., works for World Mission Prayer League as a Missionary Physician and has been serving as a medical missionary in a very under-served area of the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan for nine years. She is back in the U.S. for a year of "home assignment" and will return to Pakistan in October.

1984

The Honorable Steven C. Gordon, 46, of Burnsville, MN, formerly of Duluth, died November 17 after a courageous lifetime battle with diabetes. He began his law career with the State of Minnesota Department of Economic Security and was appointed his judgeship in 1995. He was a member of the Minnesota Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association. He was an active sportsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He married Nancy Rud in 1998.

Linda Kathleen Hurd, 53, of Two Harbors, died February 8. She attended North Central Bible College and St. Cloud State University before graduating from UMD. She was a member of Evangelical Free Church and she enjoyed antiques, music, and helping others in need. Her sons Kevin and Jeremy were her life.

Theresa (Tracy) Rudolph retired in 1999. She last served as executive vice president and associate general counsel of Life Re. She resides in Connecticut and plans to spend her retirement traveling.

1985

Ruth M. (Grathwohl) Burling married her husband Mark in 1993. Ruth works as a pharmaceutical representative and Mark is a Captain at Comair Airlines. Their son Eric was born in March of 1999. They enjoy volleyball, walking and biking.

1987

Dave Anderson, a broadcast meteorologist and photo journalist, joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in January 1999. For the year 2000, he has been appointed Assistant District Staff Officer in public affairs in the 9th Coast Guard District, Western Region Auxiliary. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is an unpaid volunteer organization that assists the active duty Coast Guard in its civil duties.

Julie McGuire married David Ritter on August 14, 1999. Julie is a scientist for

PPD Development in Middleton, WI, and her husband is an operations supervisor for Covance Laboratories in Madison.

1988

Karen J. Olson received a juris doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law on January 16. Karen is admissions supervisor for Century College, White Bear Lake, MN. After law school she will join her father, A. Charles Olson, in his Duluth law firm.

1989

Mark J. Smithson is employed by Rubbermaid Commercial Products as a commercial accounts representative with responsibilities in Minnesota, northern Iowa and Wisconsin. His wife Michell, who also graduated from UMD the same year, works as a dental hygienist. They have two daughters and reside in Savage, MN.

1990

Tricia (Vennewitz) Hogan is a flight attendant with Delta Airlines and a size model for Jantzen Swimwear. She and her husband Adam reside in West Linn, OR.

1991

Sandy Grasdalen is the vice president of operations for PDQ Delivery where he also became the publisher of an industrial periodical. He is also a contributing writer for the Messenger Courier Association of Americas. He and his wife Lisa live in Rochester, NY, with their daughter Taylor, 4, and their son Riley, age 2.

Barbara (Wanzek) Julien and her husband Jay, welcomed a baby boy, Cole Simon, on October 25, 1999. Barbara currently works for Gordon & Fergurson as an accounts payable specialist.

Melanie Musick married fellow UMD graduate Leon Bruhjell on October 2nd in Bethany Baptist Church in Duluth.

1992

Steven R. Heuer, who earned a degree in political science, has been working for U.S. Congressman Bill Luther of Minnesota for five years in Washington D.C. His current title is head of D.C. office staff.

1993

Steve Cronkhite married Cheryl Skibicki on July 16, 1999, in Napa Valley. Steve earned a bachelor's degree in health education and a master's in industrial safety. He is a safety engineer for Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. His new bride is a senior financial analyst for KLA-Tencor Corporation in San Jose, California.

Victoria (Jindra) Green taught English to sixth, seventh and eighth graders for two years but will now stay home to raise her family. Victoria and her husband Ryan have two children: Noah Ryan born December 4, 1999 and Faith Constance born June 25, 1998. Victoria and Ryan have been married since May 17, 1997 and reside in Pipestone, MN.

Robert Gruba wed Stacy Kraak on August 14, 1999, in Duluth. Robert is employed by KSTP-TV in St. Paul and his wife is a registered nursing assistant at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN.

Daniel Lennartson graduated in 1998 from Madison University with a master's degree in meteorology and currently works for Kavourus in Minneapolis, MN.

Krista Mehling married Douglas Steen on July 23, 1999. Both Krista, a recreation therapist, and her new husband, a corrections officer, work at the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Moose Lake.

Dave Tomhave and his wife Stacy announced the birth of their son Tyler John on October 24, 1999. The family resides in Duluth.

1994

Kelly Greenwalt married Lori Spindle on November 13 in Duluth. Kelly is a police officer for the city of Duluth and Lori is employed by Paine Webber.

Jennifer Michels recently completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Southern Illinois University. She is presently completing a fellowship at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, providing psychotherapy and conducting research on the efficacy of psychotherapy as well as reducing depression in patients with coronary artery disease.

Jackie (Weick) and Darren Vogt, both UMD graduates, recently welcomed a new daughter named Peyton. The two have been married since October of 1997. Jackie is working as a senior registered sales assistant for Dain Rauscher and Darren is an environmental biologist for the 1854 Authority.

1995

Kristi Duncan and Derek Plante were united in marriage on July 23,1999. Kristi earned a bachelor's degree in criminology and sociology and a master's in industrial safety. Derek plays professional hockey for the Dallas Stars.

Lori Schilling married Brent Danielson on December 11. After graduating from UMD, Lori earned a master's degree in family counseling from University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1999. She is a Mentor Duluth coordinator for Copeland Community Center in Duluth.

Christopher Vendel, a youth coordinator for the District Five Planning Council, and his wife Stacy, welcomed a baby girl named Amelia on February 26.

Traci Weise is employed by Fairview University Medical Center as the inpatient/ outpatient intake coordinator. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work at Augsburg College.

1996

Christine (Harvey) Falgier is a third year medical student at the UM-Twin Cities. She and her husband Pat welcomed their first child, a son, Andrew Michael, on July 22, 1999. He is their pride and joy!

Emily (Kellogg) Harvey and Daniel Harvey, who graduated from UMD in 1997, were wed on March 18, 1997 in Zimmerman, MN. Daniel earned a degree in Industrial Engineering and Emily works as a customer service specialist at the Fairview Northland Regional Hospital. The couple had a baby boy, Jacob Daniel, on August 17, 1998.

Stephen Ondrus married Jennifer (Gunderson) Ondrus, a 1995 grad, on July 10, 1999. The newlyweds recently bought a home in Duluth where they both teach at Edison Project School. Jen teaches first grade and Steve teaches third grade.

Ruth Willson and her husband John are expecting the birth of their fourth daughter, due March 10. Ruth has chosen to stay home to take care of their two-year-old Haley Beth, as well as Amanda, 17, Derek, 15, and Danielle, 11.

1997

Hanna I. Erpestad is currently working at Lake Superior College as an English instructor and at New Moon Publishing, Inc. as a copy editor. Hanna has a bachelor's and master's degree in English. She also translates and teaches Finnish to community members.

Jereme Fimrite and Tammy Van Dam were joined in marriage on August 14, 1999. Tammy is currently pursuing a chiropractic degree from Northwestern College in Bloomington and Jereme is a teacher in West St. Paul.

Jessica Fisher married Kevin Saba on May 15, 1999 in Duluth. Jessica is a marketing production coordinator and copywriter for Lerner Publications in Minneapolis and her new husband works as a district network specialist for ISD 622 in North St. Paul.

Kim Gaspard and Max Welter were married in Hawaii on October 11. Kim has been working as a junior designer at Yamamoto Moss for two years and Max is an auto mechanic. The couple resides in Minneapolis.

Karen (Madrzak) Green and Joel M. Green were married on November 13, 1999. Karen earned a graduate degree in communication disorders and now works as a speech-language pathologist at Central Wisconsin Center. Joel received his bachelor's in history. The couple resides in Baraboo, WI.

Carl Svendsen and Jennifer (Miller) Svendsen, both UMD graduates, 1997 and 1999 respectively, wed on September 18 in Deerwood, MN. Carl now works as a staffing accountant for Eikill & Schilling Ltd. and Jennifer is an accountant for McGladrey & Pullen L.L.P. The couple resides in Duluth.

Jessica Woodward married Erik Lavan on September 25 in Cloquet. Jessica is a third year medical student at the University of Minnesota and Erik, who graduated from UMD in 1998, is a design engineer for BF Goodrich Aerospace in Burnsville.

1998

Ann Larson married Kevin Anderson on July 24, 1999. Ann has a master's in education and works as a school teacher in Duluth. Kevin is pursuing a degree in biology from University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Fujun Wang is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He comments, "The UMD math department is a wonderful place to study in, very nice professors (both in teaching and caring for students), very nice secretaries. I hope more statistical courses can be offered for students with the option of statistics."

Angela Snyder is working as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with a B.S. in mathematics with the statistics option and a minor in communication.

1999

Kathryn (Sponnick) Bergum is employed by the St. Louis County Social Service Department as a social worker. She and her husband Scott reside in Duluth.

                                                           

Kelly Rae (Green) Brytowski graduated with a master's degree in Communication Disorders and now works as a speech language pathologist for ISD #756 in Rochester, MN.

Tera Carpenter is spending the year at the University of Iowa as a graduate teaching assistant in the statistics department.

Chris F. Edwardson is a program manager of forest products at the Natural Resources Research Institute, a branch of the University of Minnesota. He earned his master's of business administration at UMD.

Melissa Francisco married Jason Carlson on September 26, 1998. Melissa is a catering coordinator at the Best Western Edgewater and Jason is employed by Brenny Dahl Block. He also serves in the Volunteer Fire Department.

David Glesener is working for St. Louis County in child protection after receiving his bachelor's in social work.

Wendy Habert and fellow graduate, Brandon Thorsvik wed on August 7, 1999.

Bradley Hoffmockel earned his master's of social work degree and began working as a youth/family/school/community liaison at the North Shore Collaborative for Children & Families. He is also on the Reducing Rural Violence Task Force. He and his wife Kimberly reside in Duluth.

Scott Hudson married Penny Hansen on June 12, 1999, soon after graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. His bride is employed by Paper Capers in Superior.

Robyn (Meyer) Klinker earned her master of business administration and is now an employment specialist in human resources at St. Mary's Duluth Clinic System. She is married to Barclay Klinker, also a UMD graduate.

Timothy Luhm completed a master's of business administration degree. He works as an engineer for the electrical signal and communications at Duluth Missabe and Iron Range. He is involved with the Masons and the Scottish Rite.

Jenny Maki works as a technical research assistant III at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Pathology Department, Vascular Research Division in Boston, MA. Her B.S. in cell biology from UMD helped her obtain that position.

Joshua M. Rogers, is employed by the Nestle Corporation in Eau Claire, WI after graduating with a biochemistry and molecular biology degree. He lives in nearby Chippewa Falls, WI.

Katherine St. Clair has enrolled in the graduate school at the University of Minnesota after earning her B.S. in mathematics with the statistics/actuarial option.

Jolee (Haugen) Wiediger completed the graduate program in communication disorders and currently works for the Floodwood school ISD #698 here in Duluth as a speech therapist for pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.

Guoqiang Zang earned a double major in the master's programs of mathematics and computer science. He attends Johns Hopkins University in Maryland as a graduate student.

 

 
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