The Magazine of the University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota Duluth Bridge publishes Alumni Notes. You can send us notes by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 April 15, 1999.
Astrid Van De Wege, of Sun City West, AZ is still active in the Sun Cities Poetry Society. She taught in Duluth for three years before her marriage; worked in the Book Department at Jordon Marsh, Boston, MA; substitute taught in Salem NH; taught high school English in Proctor, MN; and taught gifted English students in Austin, MN. She had articles published in the Minneapolis Tribune and P.E.O. Magazine; she published a book of poems; and held the positions of president of AAUW; Art History Club President; and member of the Minneapolis Women's Club.
Ella Marion Peloquin, 85, of Duluth, MN, died on February 26, 1999. She taught mathematics in the Forest Lake school system. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Duluth Railroad Museum and was a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital for over 20 years.
Blanche (Scott) Branca, 86, of Duluth, died on March 19, 1999. Blanche taught kindergarten in the Duluth schools for 40 years until her retirement in 1977. She then moved to Tampa, FL, to continue teaching until 1985, at the age of 73. In her spare time she enjoyed fishing and was working toward completion of her book "Kids Say the Funniest Things."
Michael A. Fedo, of Duluth, MN, died on January 24, 1999. Michael excelled in athletics and was on the first football team for what was to become UMD. He began his teaching career in 1937 and taught shop and music in Hermantown, where he formed and directed the first school band. Fedo taught at Stowe Junior High School in Duluth and from 1957 until his retirement in 1974, at Denfeld High School. He was active in many organizations such as the Duluth Teachers Association, Minnesota Educational Association, Duluth Symphony, plus many more.
Edward Turk was recently mentioned in a U.S. Navy publication about the attack of a Japanese submarine. Turk enlisted in the Navy in 1941. He remained in the Navy until a few years after the end of World War II. Turk returned to California and worked with California Transportation from 1947 to 1975. He is now retired and lives in San Diego.
Wesley J. Cato, 73, Sun City, AZ, died on February 24, 1999. He received a degree in mathematics in 1960 and his Master's degree in 1962. He was a high school teacher at Duluth Central for 30 years. He was active in Duluth's local jail ministry and owned L. Cato and Sons IGA Grocery. He moved to Arizona in 1990 where he was a member of the Sun City Woodworkers Club and Lakeview United Methodist Church.
John J. Stoneman, 77, of Mission, Texas, died January 9, 1999. John had been an elementary and special education teacher in Alaska, Utah, and the Hermantown School District in Minnesota until his retirement. He had also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Paul A. Kyyhkynen, of South St. Paul, MN, died December 9, 1998. Paul completed a bachelor of law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1964. In 1967 he began his private practice of law which he had until his death. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
Erveen (Maryland) Serra is the owner and director of the Range Academy of Dance, celebrating 47 years of instructing. She has been married to Voltaire for 47 years and they have two children. The couple reside in Virginia, MN.
George W. Molberg, 75, of Duluth, MN, died in March, 1999. George was an art instructor at UMD and taught mechanical drafting at the former Salter Technical School. He was a member of the Duluth Christian Businessmen's Association and served as secretary/treasurer for the Swedish-American Club of Duluth.
Ruby (Ostrom) Thomas is a self employed piano teacher. She also collects sheet music from the late 1800s through the 1960s, with emphasis on Irving Berlin and Ragtime. She and her husband Kermit live in Superior, WI.
Mary Louise (Heinan) McDuffie, of Duluth, MN, died December 24, 1998. Mary owned and operated Kenwood Ace Hardware until she retired in 1983. She volunteered at St. Mary's Medical Center and at Aftenro Home. Mary was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary's.
Warren W. Strudwick, 67, of Duluth, died on March 21, 1999. He was a member, and served as an elder at Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, past president of Ridgeview Country Club and belonged to Duluth Rotary 25. He was a member of Euclid Chapter Demolay, Lakeside Chapter Demolay and Lakeside Masonic Lodge. He had also taught school in Ogilvie, MN.
Robert J. Francis, of Cook, MN, died December 23, 1998. He served in many capacities of his family established bank, including president. He also served in the Korean War and was a member of the Cook VFW Post 1757.
Clovis E. Glasson, 86, formerly of Ashland, WI, died on March 9, 1999. He was in the U.S. Army during WW II and served in England. He started his teaching career in Bagley, MN, and taught in Cloverton, Parker's Prairie and Ogilvie, MN. He was principal at Dupont School in Washburn and a math teacher at Ashland High School until his retirement. He was a member of Saron Lutheran Church in Ashland and Elks Club 137. In his earlier years, he enjoyed gardening, fishing and woodworking. After retirement, Clovis became an avid golfer.
Richard F. Hill, 73, Massillon, OH, died on February 27, 1999. After graduation, Richard worked for Universal C.I.T. for a short time and was then employed by General Electric Capital for 35 years until his retirement.
Florence Eleanor Jarchow died December 24, 1998, at the age of 92. She married Henry Fred Jarchow and they had two children. While teaching first grade at Rush City, MN, she was chosen "Teacher of the Year" in 1972. She retired in 1974 at the age of 68, having taught for 45 years. Florence enjoyed teaching, nature, reading, gardening, pets, crocheting afghans, cross-stitching, embroidering and attending church.
Virginia Ann Peterson, 61, longtime resident of Duluth, MN, passed away January 29, 1999. She taught in the Duluth area schools and also worked at Minnegasco in Duluth. Virginia was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, its Eve Circle, the Swedish Cultural Society and the Arrowhead Home Economics Association.
Richard L. Anderson, 58, of Duluth, MN, died February 4, 1999. He was a teacher of chemistry and science in Ashland, WI, and Cloquet, MN. He was a Vietnam U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 505, VFW Post 137, Owls Club, American Legion Post 71 and the Eagles.
Howard A. Levine is a professor of mathematics at Iowa State University and has been appointed Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He resides in Ames, IA, with his wife Elyse.
Peter Esala retired from USX Corporation Taconite Mine and Plant as a cost analyst in Mt. Iron, MN. He continues to serve with 33 years as a senior personnel sergeant in the Army National Guard.
Sylvia L. Silvola, of Virginia, MN, died December 18, 1998. At age 55 she earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was a member of the Co-op Guild, Crelin-Tini VFW Post 1113 Ladies Auxiliary, the former Rebekah Lodge 3 and Virginia Pioneers and the Unitarian Church. She was also a member of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women.
Robert J. "Bob" Black, 52, of Duluth, MN, died on March 3, 1999. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Philippines during the Vietnam War in a communications unit. For the past 27 years, Bob was a dedicated State Farm Insurance Senior Claims Specialist. He was a member of the Duluth YMCA and a former member of National Ski Patrol at Spirit Mountain for 20 years.
Clark C. Peterson is employed by Mid-South Wrestling Federation as Chief Announcer. He was included in Marquis's Who's Who in the South and Southwest 1999/2000. He resides in Oklahoma City, OK. His account of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Blasted Into A Pile of Rubble, was recently publishing in booklet form.
Katherine A. (Vanderhorck) Kuettel is employed by the U.S. Postal Service, Duluth Remote Encoding Center. She recently received her Master's in Management from the College of St. Scholastica. She resides in Duluth with her husband Robert, a 1976 graduate of UMD.
Mavis Thiede, of Austin, MN, has been employed by Mower County Human Services for the past nine years. She was recently promoted to lead social worker in adult services.
Susan E. Conley de Castro works for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review as an Immigration Judge. She and her husband live in San Antonio, TX.
Robert W. Kuettel is employed by GAF as a professional roof inspector. GAF is a national roofing manufacturer, inspecting roofs in five midwestern states. He resides in Duluth with his wife Katherine.
Jim Laumeyer, of Duluth, MN, is the director of human resources at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Jim was elected to serve as the president of the Minnesota Public Employer Labor Relations Association. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management Employer Education Service and is an adjunct professor of Employee and Labor Relations at the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also serves on the St. Louis County Grievance Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the International Personnel Management Association.
Kurt Ulrich has been appointed asassistant commissioner for administration for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is responsible for supervising five DNR bureaus. Kurt graduated with an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 1993 and a Master's of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Mankato State University in 1981 along with his Bachelor of Arts Degree from UMD. He is currently a Doctorate of Public Administration student at Hamline University and is also a 1995 graduate of the North Hennepin Leadership Academy. Kurt lives in Champlin, MN, with his wife, Cindi, and their two daughters.
William Hinderks, of Eagan, MN, has been recognized by the American Institute of CPCU and the CPCU Society as qualifying for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program.
James Kuronen and Amy Hunt were married September 26, 1998. James in employed by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Amy is an assistant county attorney for St. Louis County.
Gregory G. Traxler is president of the First National Bank of Le Center Minnesota. He and his wife, Ann (Magnuson), a 1981 graduate of UMD, live in Le Center, MN. Ann was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Region 1 by the Emergency Managers of Minnesota for her work as Disaster Relief Coordinator for Le Center/Le Sueur County following the March 29, 1998 tornado.
Peter Wilms is in charge of the sales development for Sysco Corporation. He has just completed his MBA and lives in Ft. Collins, CO, with his wife, Beth, and their three children.
Karl W. Oestreich is now an accredited business communicator, a designation awarded by the International Association of Business Communicators. He is the manager of media relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in St. Paul. He is also an active member of the IABC/Minnesota chapter. He resides in Eagan, MN.
Pauline (Weiss) Schwarz is the director of internal audit at St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System. She lives in Superior, WI, with her husband Jim and their two boys.
Jeuel Merry Zeman is a registered nurse, certified rehabilitation registered nurse and hospital interpreter. She just returned from Great Britain, where she conducted field research in the administration of health care, within the confines of socialized medicine.
Tom Buck, of Duluth, MN, was married to Andrea Novel last June. Tom also graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver with a Master's degree in elementary education in 1989, a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in education psychology from Portland State University in 1997. He is a computer science teacher at the Marshall School in Duluth.
Trina (Ekbald) and Eric Olson, both graduates from UMD, have three sons and reside in Burnsville, MN. Trina is a parent educator and teaches children at the Prior Lake School District. Eric is an attorney for Lutheran Brotherhood.
Anthony P. Berg lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife, Gina. He recently left the U.S. Air Force after nine years of flying bomber and fighter-type jet aircraft and is currently employed as a flight officer for Delta Airlines.
Diana (Pavek) Running married Greg Running on January 30, 1999. Diana is employed as vice president of Minneapolis design office Greta Sebald Design, Inc. Gregg is an office manager at Industrial Manufacturers, Inc. The couple live in St. Paul, MN.
Erik Silvola and Linda Steig were married on January 30. Eric is a lead geologist and hydrogeologist for Foth & Van Dyke & Associates. Linda works for Wayzata Dental in Wayzata, MN. The couple reside in Minnetonka, MN.
Brenda M. (Sward) Beuschel resigned a director position to stay home to be a full-time mom. She also substitutes for a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade school in Juda, WI, where she and her husband Sam live.
Jody Allan Helgeson, 35, of Portland, OR, passed away February 5, 1999. He received his Master's degree in Industrial Safety from the University of Minnesota Duluth where he was a member of the 1984 and 1985 Bulldog football teams.
Eric S. Viken, of Minnetonka, MN, is a manufacturing engineer for Graco, Inc. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA in May 1998. He is volunteering in (B*E*S*T) Bridging Engineering, Science and Teaching. He also enjoys backpacking, skating and skiing.
Darrin Dahl completed a Master's degree from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in international business. He is currently employed at Winona State University. He resides in Winona, MN, with his wife Tracy.
Wendy Hiller is a scenic artist at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Her husband, Jack, is the resident costume designer at OSF. They live with their two horses and a dog in sunny Orlando. In the off season they both do freelance work for the movie and television industry. When they are not working, they are riding on the sunny beaches.
James A. Larson is a programmer for Mediafile Rochester. He currently resides in Byron, MN.
Shannon M. Lothhammer is a water quality specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She lives in Brooklyn Park, MN, with her husband Jay, a 1989 graduate of UMD.
Brian Vorpahl is an electronics specialist at Flodyne/Hdradyne, Inc. He has been in the electronics automation industry since graduation and is currently designing and selling vision/motion solutions to customers that require fully automated production lines. These include robotic packaging, handling and assembly. He was married to Meg Strei in April, 1999 and they reside in Chicago, IL.
Cindy (Samargia) Laun is a graphic designer at Storagetek. She recently began volunteering in Art Buddies, a creative program for inner-city children. Cindy and her husband Karl live in St. Louis Park, MN.
Jodi (Youngstrand) Norberg is an account coordinator in the incentive travel department at the Carlson Marketing Group. She lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, Gavin, and their son.
Martina Aplas and Corey Bowman, also a 1993 graduate of UMD, were married in July. She is a project manager for Yamamoto Moss in Minneapolis. He is a science teacher at Chaska Middle School in West Chaska, MN. The newlyweds live in Bloomington, MN.
Angela Bouvette and Robert Pioro were married on July 18. Angela is a teacher for ISD 709 in Duluth, MN. Robert works for Carlton School District.
Melanie (Wolden) Cleveland is a third grade teacher in a multi-age classroom at the Blackduck Elementary School. She lives in Bemidji, MN, with her husband James and their daughter Ellissa.
Thomas Maida and Rebecca Bekel were married on June 1, 1998. He works for the Department of Justice and she works for the Wells Fargo Bank. The newlyweds live in California.
Heidi J. Edison is a psychiatric social worker at Menninger Clinic. She was chosen as a fellow in clinical social work at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS, for 1998-99. She currently resides in Topeka, KS.
Brian A. Schubert recently received his "Wings of Gold" and was designated a navigator after completing the 23-week Navigator Training Course with Training Squadron 86, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. His training included use of flight simulators and participation in more than 100 hours of in-flight training. He joined the Air Force in May 1994.
Denise Berglund and James Dau III were married in January. Denise is a training specialist for State Street Global Advisors in Bloomington, MN. The newlyweds live in Minneapolis, MN.
Gary DeBolt and Deborah Skajewski were married July 25, 1998. Gary is pursuing his Master's degree in industrial safety at UMD. Deborah is a basic skills teacher for Independent School District 709 in Duluth.
Sandra Shah and Kurt Schroeder, a 1997 graduate of UMD, were married in December. She is a teacher for Rochester Public Schools and he is a software analyst for IBM in Rochester. The newlyweds live in Stewartville, MN.
Pete Altonen and Jodi Bass were married in July. Pete is a produce clerk for Mount Royal Super Value and Jodi is a teacher at Holy Rosary School in Duluth. The newlyweds live in Duluth, MN.
Mark Ball and Cheryl Bass were married in September. He works for the accounting firm of Kolquist, Seitz and Goldman in Duluth. Cheryl works for Perkins Restaurant in Duluth. The newlyweds live in Duluth.
Laurie Franckowiak and Jonathan Beyer were married in December. Laurie is a therapist for Northwood Children's Services in Duluth. He is pursuing his doctorate in clinical psychology from Walden University. He is also a psychologist for Northwood Children's Services in Duluth. The couple live in Duluth, MN.
Wade Hunt and Christine Mikkelson were married on September 26, 1998. Wade is a corrections officer for Scott County Jail in Shakopee, MN. She is a legal assistant for Clinton Collins and Associates, P.A., in Minneapolis. The couple lives in Eden Prairie, MN.
Adam Leischke and Heidi Anderson were married on August 22, 1998. He is a legal assistant and she is employed by Radiological Associates. The newlyweds both work and live in Duluth, MN.
Derek Parendo and Kami Helquist were married on July 18, 1998. She works for Virginia Regional Medical Center. He is a science teacher and assistant football coach at the Virginia High School in Virginia, MN.
Janet Ann Eichholz is a supervisor of initial intervention for children and family services at St. Louis County Social Services. She currently resides in Britt, MN.
Ginger I. Backus, of Duluth, MN, is a music teacher in the Duluth Public Schools. In her spare time, she is a ski patrol at Spirit Mountain and is also involved in the Anti-Racism Coalition.
Christine Heinzmann, of Spring Lake Park, MN, is employed by LSS Data Systems.
Harvey Edward Hoven, of Superior, WI, received his Master's of Business Administration. He is currently employed by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute in Madison, WI, where he is an Advisory Service Business Specialist.
Vinod P. John, is a software engineer for Resonate, Inc. He resides in Sunnyvale, CA.
Lance Johnson and Angela Veech were married in August. Lance works for Menards in West Duluth and Angela is a graphic designer for Advantage Emblem in Duluth. The newlyweds live in Hermantown, MN.
Michael J. McCulloch, of St. Paul, MN, is presently employed at MicroVoice Applications Inc. working as an account manager.
Jason T. Meier, of Babbitt, MN, is a Peace Corps Volunteer (Macedonia) for the Department of State.
William Mobilia and Shayla Hemline were married in October. He is a social studies teacher at Hermantown Middle School and she is an insurance agent for Holden Insurance Agency in Duluth. They live in Duluth, MN.
Rebecca Lynn Nimi, of Britt, MN, is an advisor at the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.
Jingsu Pu received a Master's of Applied and Comp. Math. Jingsu is employed by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Iowa.
Paul Romano and Lynette Harris were married on June 27, 1998. Paul is a manager for McGladrey and Pullen, LLP, in Duluth, MN. Lynette is a teacher with Two Harbors, Independent School District 381.
Adam Carl Severson, of St. Paul, MN is currently employed at West Group in Eagan, MN. He is working as a spanish translator and a customer service representative.
Shawn Spellmeyer is showing his recent paintings in a two-person show at the Northwest Gallery, University of Wyoming at Powell, WY from February 16 - March 11. He currently resides in Powell, WY.
Donald C. Uhlhorn, of Askov, MN, received his Master's degree in social work. He is a counselor at the A.H. Wilder Foundation and a family based service counselor at Therapeutic Services Agency.
Christopher A. Wrede, of Roseville, MN is a fourth grade teacher at St. Rose elementary school in Roseville, MN.
Xiaoling Zhang is married to Hong Wang, a 1997 graduate of UMD. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and reading.
Kari Irene (Musil) Ferguson is a vocal music and beginning band teacher for the Superior School District. She is also a private music teacher and a freelance musician. In her spare time, she enjoys composing, education, research, jazz and technology.
Rose A. (Holene) Hill is a counselor at the Alcoholism Council in Niagara County. She is involved in Native American Family Service Commission, Tuscarora Community Wellness Circle, Native American Council on Addictions and Substance Abuse and National Indian Child Welfare Association. In her spare time she enjoys cultural events, creative writing, public policy and traveling. She lives with her husband, Daniel in Lewiston, NY.