Wartburg Magazine

Volume 21 Number 3


The Rev. LLOYD ZIEBARTH, Millersburg, Mich., participated in the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy Carter Blitz Build in Veracruz, Mexico in October 2004. Volunteers built 150 houses in one week, using only blocks, cement and metal and no hammers or nails.

The Rev. TED FRITSCHEL, Th.D. (ret.), Centennial, Colo., serves on the State Central Committee of the Colorado Democratic Party. He ran unsuccessfully for the State House of Representatives in 1998 and has served as Democratic chair of his House district. As a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, he has helped author resolutions to the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, advocating the ordination of partnered gays and lesbians and the blessing of gay or lesbian unions. He also serves on the homeowners association board of his residential development, a quasi-village of about 1,600 people.

Dr. DON and Mary Ann JOHNSON, Davenport, Fla., won the grand championship, Best of Show and Best of Florida in the hobbyist category at the Florida International Wine contest. Their peach wine was selected over 151 other entries.

Dr. WENDELL LIEMOHN, Louisville, Tenn., has retired from university teaching in the field of exercise science. After earning his Ph.D. degree, he taught at the Universities of Nebraska and Indiana before completing a more than 26-year career at the University of Tennessee. He remains involved in research, working with graduate students on a study of core strength/stability in students, student-athletes and clinical low-back patients.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16
JACQUIE BOWERS McTAGGART, Independence, was a featured speaker April 7 at the Iowa State Reading Conference in Des Moines and April 15 at the Beginning Reading Conference at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

MARILYN RUESCH PILGRIM and Blair Lawson, Indianola, were married Feb. 13.

The Rev. ROBERT ROSENBERG, Oshkosh, Wis., retired on May 1 after 40 years in the ministry, including the past 32 years as pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The Rev. WENDELL DEBNER, Iowa Falls, is interim pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dayton.

CAROL JENSEN HARRISON, Iringia, Tanzania, teaches mathematics at Tumaini University as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America volunteer.

LUCILLE ZENKER ROSSBACH, St. Francis, Kan., received the 2004 Yuma County Honored Teacher Award at Idalia High School, Idalia, Colo. Her manuscript, Documenting History Enhances Literacy and Preserves Community, appeared in the July 2004 issue of English Journal, published by the National Council of the Teachers of English. It examines the process and benefits of having her writing lab students record and publish oral histories of their rural community in a three-volume collection, Gusts of Dust, available at amazon.com.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16

DAVID FREDRICK, associate director for international admissions at Wartburg, is president of Promote Iowa Education Internationally (PIE). Comprised of 18 Iowa public and private post-secondary institutions, PIE is a cooperative effort to promote Iowa as a premier destination for education and training for students from all nations. Its Web site is www.studyiowa.org.

JAMES A. ZELLER, Ph.D., Stockton, Calif., retired in June 2004.

LOIS SCHRAGE CUSHNIE, Redding, Calif., wrote an article, “Devising the Right Game Plan for College-Bound Athletes,” which was published in the February 2005 UC Notes. She is a counselor for intercollegiate athletes at Shasta College.

STEVE NICKEL, Estes Park, Colo., and his firm, The Portfolio Group, Inc., received the Pacesetter 2004 Award from the National Association of Home Builders and Custom Home Magazine. The award honors the highest achievers in the custom home building business.

The Rev. RACHEL THORSON MITHELMAN, Des Moines, is senior pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

SHARON HOFFMANN WAMBOLD, Reinbeck, completed the massage therapy program at the College of Hair Design, Waterloo, in February and was subsequently named the program’s director of education. She also teaches anatomy and physiology for massage therapy students.

SHARON BODECKER BRINER, Cedar Falls, was named Iowa State Public Defender of the Year at the Iowa State Public Defenders’ annual meeting in June 2004. She has been a juvenile public defender in Black Hawk County since 1984. In nominating her for this recognition, Sharon’s colleagues wrote, “Her client-centered focus directs all of us to remember (that) in juvenile court, it is all about the kids,” and, “She is an extremely fair office administrator, as she doesn’t ask anyone to do things she wouldn’t do herself.”

St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center/St. Luke’s Health System, Sioux City.

BRUCE IVERSEN, Lenexa, Kan., was appointed in March as John Deere’s manager market research and analysis for the United States and Canada, Australia and Asia.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16

ANNE MILLER KONEN, Bellevue, Neb., teaches Spanish and English-as-a-second language at Omaha South High School.

Dr. ANTHONY FRANK, Loveland, Colo., was named interim provost, the highest academic post at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in February. He continues to serve as senior vice president of the university, overseeing student affairs, research and information technology and multidisciplinary research units, including the public policy institute and the Water Resources Research Institute.

KIMBERLY BENDER SCHWARTZ, APR, M.A., Galena, Ill., will move to full-time faculty status at the University of Dubuque in August. She will teach courses in the undergraduate and graduate communication program in addition to a required core course.

COZETTE PUTZIER DARBY, Moorpark, Calif., is vice president of operations with Fulcrum Microsystems in Calabasas, which designs and sells asynchronous semiconductor clock chips.

SHERRY KRONE DEWALT, Sterling, Ill., earned the Certified Insurance Counselor designation following successful completion of an insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. She is with Smeltzer Insurance in Rock Falls.

VAL KLINDT GREEN, Bellevue, Neb., is a lead copywriter in creative development with Physicians Mutual Insurance Co., Omaha.

DONNA LINDEMAN HARVEY, Cedar Falls, was named Iowa State Investigator of the Year at the Iowa State Public Defenders’ annual meeting in June 2004.

BOB HUCHISON, Cedar Rapids, was promoted to national sales manager for the Danaher Corporation in April. He and his wife, Kristi, and their sons, Matthew, 8, and Cory, 10, are relocating to the Baltimore, Md., area.

MARY KVITNE STOCKS, Grimes, is a teacher at Iowa Christian Academy.

JANET RANS KNIGHT, Parker, Colo., is a software developer with Oracle Corp. She previously was with JDEdwards, which was purchased by Peoplesoft Corp. and then by Oracle. She has two children: Kirsten, 14, and Josh, 12.

BRIAN and Carmen PIECUCH, Arequipa, Peru, announce the birth of Austin Richard, March 29. He joins Armand, 14, Sofia, 11, Cristina, 7, and Lucia, 3. Brian is international director of Medical Ministry International.

Earl and ESTHER KORPORAL ROYER, Dallas Center, were married July 21, 2004. Esther teaches fifth grade in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community Schools.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16

NANCY DAVIS-URNES, Chesterfield, Mo., was named curriculum coordinator for foreign languages and ESL in the Parkway School District. She and her husband, Jim, have twin daughters, Abigail and Naomi, 7.

MARK and Jane JURGENSEN, Ames, announce the birth of Ian Vail, March 23. He joins Atticus, 6, and Eliot, 2. Mark teaches mathematics and is mathematics department coordinator at Ames High School.

LEE and Elizabeth KRUGER, Valley City, N.D., announce the birth of Casey Jack, Jan. 12. Lee is an assistant professor of English at Valley City State University.

RANDY RATEKIN, Johnston, earned the professional designation of Certified Business Continuity Professional for business and systems recovery from Disaster Recovery Institute International. He also serves as scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 44.

Steve and SUSAN UHLENHOPP KNAPP, Ely, announce the birth of Micah Samuel, Jan. 5. He joins Matthew, 15, and Mia, 5.

ROBERT NEWBROUGH and Amy Williams, New Hampton, were married May 26, 2004. He teaches special education at Sumner-Fredericksburg Middle School.

Rodney and DEANNA BAUMAN SAKO, Keaau, Hawaii, announce the birth of Adam, Feb. 18, 2003. He joins Amanda, 5.

GERARD SCHWICKERATH, Des Moines, was named worldwide internal auditor for Kemin Industries, Inc.

RAY BLANK, Corvallis, Ore., serves as interim music director at Grace Lutheran Church and is pursuing a graduate degree in music with a conducting emphasis at Oregon State University.

TWILA RUD HENNING and JEFF HENNING ’92, Burnsville, Minn., announce the birth of Mackenzie, July 13, 2004. She joins Carter, 2. Twila is an ETL developer for Green Tree Servicing Corp. Jeff is a project manager at Tapemark.

DEBBIE CROWLEY NOE, West Des Moines, is a job market and human resources consultant with Career Resources Group.

David and TERRY TOVAR PEÑA, Minneapolis, Minn., announce the birth of Héctor Jesús, Jan. 15, 2004.

GREG BLANK, Springfield, Ill., has worked since August 2003 as a physician assistant with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants. He graduated in May 2003 from the interservice physician assistant program at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Through this cooperative education program, he also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Upon graduation, he was promoted to the rank of 1st Lt. with the Iowa Army National Guard. His wife, JILL

BOWDEN BLANK ’90, is the volunteer library coordinator at Vachel Lindsay Elementary.

ANDREA WESTMEYER, Clive, was promoted to president of Relationship Marketing, Inc. in March 2005 and moved from the company’s New York City office to its headquarters in Des Moines.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16

SONYA BARNETT, Warwickshire, England, and her daughter, Shannon, 6, are missionaries working with Youth with a Mission in reconciliation ministry.

BRANT BEMUS, Sergeant Bluff, is assistant principal at Sioux City East High School.

KAREN STAHLHUT CHAPIN was appointed manager, accounting at the John Deere Waterloo Works. She is responsible for managing general accounting, payroll, capital expenditures, departmental budgeting, PEC accounting and costing.

RANDY GOERNER, Covington, Ga., is assistant principal of Memorial Middle School in Conyers, a suburb of Atlanta. The school enrolls more than 1,400 students.
Kevin and BARBARA EPPS PENZATO, St. Charles, Ill., announce the birth of Ethan Duane, Dec. 2, 2004. He joins Jake, 2.

ROSS ROLOFF and Tracey Nicastro, Chicago, Ill., announce the birth of Henry Anders Nicastro Roloff, Jan. 19. He joins Oliver, 2. Ross is an attorney with Merlo Kanofsky Brinkmeier & Gregg Ltd.

Todd and YVETTE COOK SAEUGLING, Dubuque, announce the birth of Ana Josephine, Jan. 18. She joins Mei, 2.

MICHAEL and Kristina CRAWFORD, Sycamore, Ill., announce the birth of Zackary Shawn, Feb. 17. He joins Alex, 3.

WADE and MICHELLE NIEMAN ’92 EICHHORN, Walford, announce the birth of Asher Nieman, Feb. 25. He joins Audi, 3 1/2.

KERRY KAHLER, Algona, is a student services teacher, which involves counseling in grades K-5 and 9-12 in the Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka Schools.

Dr. KYLE and Christina KREINBRING, Coal Valley, Ill., announce the birth of Kaleb Ray, March 25. He joins Kole, 4, and Kade, 3.

DEAN and HEIDI WARD ’92 LaBOUNTY, West Des Moines, announce the birth of Georgia Rae, March 4. She joins Chloe, 5.

Brian and AMY ALEXANDER RAMKER, Waverly, announce the birth of Nicole Ruth, July 12, 2004. She joins Adam, 6, and Molly, 3. Amy is a special needs teacher with the Waterloo Community School District.

Lindsay and LAURA OLSON WALLACE, Pewaukee, Wis., announce the birth of Jensen Johl, Dec. 23. He joins Redmon, 6, B.J., 4, and Valerie, 2.

Jeff and AMY MARSHALL BENN, Des Moines, announce the birth of Amanda Kay,
Feb. 18. She joins Ryan, 11, and Joshua, 7.

JAMES and AMY JOHANNSEN DENHOLM, Waverly, announce the birth of Gavin Joseph Lee, April 11. He joins Owen, 1 1/2.

DENISE LENNING HILL, Altoona, is an attorney with the law firm of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Schors, & Roberts, PC. She teaches health law and ethics and public health law and ethics at the Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center. She and her husband, Jeremy, have two sons, Johnathan, 5, and Jackson, 2.

JOHN MOHAN and Stephanie Smith, Waverly, were married Oct. 22. John is an actuarial associate with CUNA Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Abe and TRICIA MEINDERS NAJERA, South Elgin, Ill., welcomed Isabella to their family in February. She joins Claudia, 4, and Alex, 2.

JEFF and CAROLYN McBRIDE OLLIE, Ankeny, announce the birth of Benjamin Carl, April 22. He joins Isabel, 5 1/2, and David, 4.

Dave and JONI NORVIEL SHELLABARGER, Appleton, Wis., announce the birth of Finley Rose, Nov. 9. Joni is an accounting analyst with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

ERIC and TRICIA DARBY STAFF, Monona, announce the birth of Olivia Justine, April 29, 2004. She joins Katie, 7, and Maggie, 6.

ORLANDO and Miriam VALLADARES, Miami, Fla., announce the birth of Orlando Andrés in June 2004. He joins Yeralmi, 7.

TOM BUCHHEIM, Coralville, received a silver “Addy” award from the Advertising Federation of Cedar Rapids for his creative excellence on “Changing Kids’ Lives,” a project for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics that developed a CD-ROM announcing the opening of a new pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Iowa, Iowa City. Tom is now a strategic communications specialist in public relations at the national headquarters of American Family Insurance, Madison, Wis.

Robert and MARIA DAVIDSON DOUGHERTY, Randolph, Minn., announce the birth of Cole Thomas, Jan. 7.

Chris and ANGIE ZARS JOERGER, Readlyn, announce the birth of Cannon August, Oct. 16. He joins Lakin, 5, and Mikenna, 4. Angie is an office manager for Cardinal Construction, Waterloo.
John and JOLYN JOHNSTON MYERS, Aviano Air Force Base, Italy, announce the birth of Sean-Peter Joseph, Nov. 29. He joins Conner, 9, and Olivia, 2.

ERIC STIEG, San Jose, Calif., operates a marshal arts ministry. His first book, Fruit of the Spirit and Marshal Arts, was published by Fifth Estate.

MICHELLE STURTZ and Kevin Bookmeier, Vinton, were married Nov. 20.

Joe and BRIGITTE WOOD VAN NICE, Waterloo, announce the birth of Josette Elaine, Oct. 27.

BRENDA BOWMAN and partner Kristi Kavanaugh, Iowa City, announce the birth of twin girls, Ella Lynn and Addison Kay, Dec. 3. They join Brayden, 2.

Tom and JANICE VAN WYK DAVIS, Monroe, announce the birth of Eleigh Garnett, April 19. She joins Gunnar, 7, and Graham, 6. Janice is the class-size reduction teacher at Monroe Elementary School.

SCOTT GLASER, Denver, Colo., completed his master’s degree in leadership and human development from Murray State University. He is the faith relations program manager with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

Bill and SHERYL SEEDEN HAVERMAN, Des Moines, announce the birth of Cole William, Sept. 9.

KRISTA WENTZEL JOHNSON and AARON JOHNSON ’95, Minneapolis, Minn., announce the birth of Elsa Ann Wentzel Johnson, March 28. Krista teaches percussion and piano and serves as administrative assistant with Children’s Yamaha Music School. Aaron is a video editor at KSTP-TV.

DEAN and SARA ECKENROD ’01 KOESTER, Sumner, announce the birth of Emma Katherine, March 30.

STEPHANIE MARZAHL and Corey Schoenrock, Woodbury, Minn., were married June 5, 2004, in Lake Geneva, Wis. Stephanie is a territory manager for Implant Innovations of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

LORI DICK SHELBY, Fort Collins, Colo., is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Colorado State University.
ED VEASEY, Rock Island, Ill., is principal at Earl Hanson Elementary and assistant basketball coach at Rock Island High School.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16

Steve and STACY SCHOEBERLEIN BARTLETT, Hudson, Wis., announce the birth of Kadin Thomas, June 15, 2004. He joins Kiley, 3. Stacy teaches biology at the Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Woodbury, Minn.

The Rev. KARN SEVERSON CARROLL, Blaine, Minn., is youth pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Circle Pines.

Kevin and SARA ADEN CORY, Thousand Oaks, Calif., announce the birth of Mackenzie Aden, March 19.

Harry and STEPHANIE SCOTT FOWLER, Denver, announce the birth of Dillon James, March 24. Stephanie is the resource developer with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Waterloo.

Dr. Scott and Dr. MICHELLE THOMAN FRIEDERSDORF, Hannibal, Mo., announce the birth of Jessica Anne, March 22. She joins Zachary, 1.

CHAD JENNINGS and Heesoo Moon, San Francisco, Calif., were married Sept. 25. Chad is a senior designer with Smart Design.

CHAD KLUNDER, Mishawaka, Ind., is director of football operations at Notre Dame University.

HEATHER PRATT MOUSER, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, is manager of John Deere’s European Treasury Center.

Dr. RUDD NELSON and Leslie Weaver, Lighthouse Point, Fla., were married Dec. 29. They own a veterinary practice in Fort Lauderdale.

NATHAN PILLER, Bloomington Prairie, Minn., is a graduate student in studio arts at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He teaches 7-12 art and is the eighth-grade boys basketball coach at Blooming Prairie High School. His wife, KATHY MILLER PILLER, was promoted to senior team lead at Target, Owatonna. She coaches ninth-grade volleyball and is a substitute teacher in the Blooming Prairie Schools.

Dr. Mark and KRISTINE ANDERSON REESE, Nashville, Tenn., announce the birth of Caden Samuel, April 24. He joins Zander, 1 1/2.

ERIC SHIFLEY, Joliet, Ill., was promoted to director of the Newsome Physical Therapy Center at the LaSalle-Peru Center. Eric and his wife, Kelli, are the parents of Brenna, 3 1/2, and Amelia, 1 1/2.

Mike and GERALYN CAIN STONER, Fox River Grove, Ill., announce the birth of Gavin Reid, Nov. 22.

JUSTIN and JAYNE MOLDE BOEDING, Dodge Center, Minn., announce the birth of Eli Charles, Oct. 21.

Brian and SARA MAX CERESA, Edmond, Okla., announce the birth of identical twins, Julia and Lauren, March 7.

Gerhardt and LISA OLSON GLIEGE, Sherman Oaks, Calif., announce the birth of Mason Christopher, Dec. 9.

Scott and CARRIE HOCKENSON HANSON, Lake Mills, announce the birth of Kinser David, Jan. 26. He joins MaKenna, 2. Carrie teaches first grade at Lake Mills Elementary School.

MICHAEL and Brenda KOLES, Iola, Wis., announce the birth of Clara Mae, March 20. She joins Tanner, 2. Mike is an associate professor of community development at the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

CARLA MANCERA and SFC Justin Strachan, Vacaville, Calif., were married Dec. 28. She is a safety specialist and contractor safety coordinator for Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, Martinez, Calif.

SCOTT SCHROEDER and HEATHER CARLSON, Chehalis, Wash., announce the birth of Claire Elyse, Jan. 10.

AMY BROWN WHITE and JACOB WHITE ’97, Powell, Tenn., announce the birth of Elijah William, Dec. 1.

AMY BAKER ANDERSON, Shakopee, Minn., has earned the designation of Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. She is a project manager in the Project Management Office at Achieve Healthcare Technologies, Eden Prairie.

HEIDI FRITCHER CHRISTENSEN and CASEY CHRISTENSEN ’98, Parkersburg, announce the birth of Gabriel William, Nov. 14. He joins Cecilia, 3.

Scott and SHERRI VEASMAN CLEWELL, Avon Lake, Ohio, announce the birth of Nolan Charles, Jan. 17. He joins Ethan, 3, and Austin, 2.

Mark and KRISTI HIMSTEDT HALEY, Oak Grove, Mo., announce the birth of Cruz Antonio, June 24, 2004.

Dan and JENNIFER KEAT-BECK, Elida, Ohio, announce the birth of Abigail Marie,
Jan. 25. She joins Grace, 2, and Hannah, 9. Jennifer serves as on-air talent for television commercials in the Lima area. She is managing editor for Good Living Magazine, a health and wellness publication distributed in northwest Ohio. She teaches high school writing online through Write At Home.Com.

George and EVELYN TSIAKLI KONTOS, Valley Stream, N.Y., announce the birth of Florentinos, April 11. He joins Olga, 2.

Dr. TRAVIS MONTGOMERY has joined Achilles Podiatry Group, Indianapolis, Ind., after completing his foot and ankle surgical residency.

ROB and Erin RINDELS, Iowa City, announce the birth of Austin Robert, Dec. 8.

KERRY WRIGHT and Douglas Haag, Waukee, were married May 21 at the Iowa State Capitol. Kerry is a research analyst for the Iowa Senate Democratic Caucus.

JEREMY and Sara BRUMMOND, Valley Park, Mo., announce the birth of Sophia Grace, Feb. 11.

JUSTIN and Marcia DeVORE, Charles City, announce the birth of Hannah Raellen Caroline, March 16.

Lafayette and Dr. KRISTINA LANTZKY EATON, East Rochester, N.Y., announce the birth of Madelin Deborah, March 17. She joins Paige, 3.

BRENDA GEITZENAUER, Buffalo Center, teaches biology at North Iowa High School. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership last December at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

JONATHAN and SARAH SKALA GOETZ, White Bear Lake, Minn., announce the birth of Ryan Edward, April 5, He joins Brandon, 2.

CHRISTOPHER and ERIN KLINGBEIL JUDSON, North Branch, Minn., announce the birth of Norah Ellen, Jan. 6.

Kari and LAURA KAIN, Ankeny, announce the birth of Jamison Kaelee, Nov. 27.

KERRIE LARSON LIEDTKE and NATHAN LIEDTKE ’00, Dundee, announce the birth of Benjamin John, Nov. 23.

MATTHEW LONG, Castle Rock, Colo., is a lower elementary teacher at DCS Montessori Charter School, Castle Pines.

SCOTT and KELLEY BURG MIKESH, Madison, Wis., announce the birth of Josie Noelle, Feb. 25.

Jonathan and AMY SCHAFFNER POTTER, Evanston, Ill., announce the birth of Isaac Michael, April 9. Amy is an occupational therapist with Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.

Dr. JASON PUFFETT and Molly Phippen, Independence, were married March 19. Jason owns Puffett Chiropractic.

BARBARA GAMEZ SIMS, Onalaska, Wis., is a licensing manager in the office of technology commercialization at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. She works with Mayo Clinic investigators to develop and protect their intellectual property and to ultimately commercialize their discoveries.

Jason and AMY SILVER CHOPARD, Allison, announce the birth of Genevieve Norah, Dec. 29.

ERICA BLOBAUM GALLANT, La Crosse, Wis., is a mechanical engineer with The Trane Company.

ANDREW GREEN, Redlands, Calif., completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Riverside in March. His dissertation, “Life in the Fast Lane: Transportation Finance and the Local Option Sales Tax,” was funded by a research grant from the University of California Transportation Center, Berkeley.

Brian and LAURA HOFER HINSPETER, West Des Moines, announce the birth of Brody Alan, March 27. He joins Brenden, 3. Laura is extending her private music studio, teaching voice, flute and piano lessons out of their home and staying home with the children.

CORRIE MAKI KNUDSON, Palatine, Ill., graduated in May with a Master of Management degree in nonprofit administration from North Park University, Chicago.

AARON KOPEL and Kristen Rhodes, Indianapolis, Ind., were married April 24, 2004. Aaron graduated from Indiana University in 2002 with an M.B.A. degree.

CLAYTON and TAMMI ROBERTS ’00 LICHTY, Ankeny, announce the birth of twins, Nolan Kenneth and Hayden Craig, Dec. 25. They join Madelynn, 3.

JOSH and JESSICA CHIDESTER MEIER, Maquoketa, announce the birth of Brinley Jenkins, March 24. She joins Jacey, 4, and Avery, 2. Josh completed a master’s degree in teaching with technology in May.

Luke and TIFFANY ARENHOLZ MILLER, Milford, announce the birth of Ian Charles, March 4. He joins Maxwell, 3.

ANDY and ERIN RIES ’00 MOELLER, Cedar Rapids, announce the birth of Ryne Andrew, Jan. 23. Erin is a marketing director for Benchmark, Inc. Andy is a sales operations manager with McLeodUSA.

SARA BAKER NETZLEY, Morton, Ill., is a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is an assistant professor of communications at Bradley University, Peoria.

RUTHIE SCHENTZEL SCHNEIDER, Cedar, Minn., is a reptile, amphibian and invertebrate zookeeper with Como Zoo, St. Paul.

Brian and LANA FUNK WRAGE, Waverly, announce the birth of Abram James, April 8. He joins Avery, 2.

Homecoming Reunion
Oct. 13-16

Chris and RACHEL SIMMER BIENEMANN, Readlyn, announces the birth of Derek Anthony, March 10. He joins Jordan, 1.

JOHN BORLESKE and Amanda Janssen, Madison, Wis., were married May 15, 2004. John is a project manager with Epic Systems Corp.

BRETT EIDAHL, Appleton, Wis., is a customer service professional in the mutual funds department with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

COLLEEN BEARBOWER FANGMAN, Rowley, completed a master’s degree in elementary education in July 2004. She teaches kindergarten at Center Point-Urbana Elementary School.

TIM FLYNN and MOLLY MASON ’01, Keota, were married March 12. Tim owns a contracting company. Molly is enrolled in the Master of Business Administration/Master of Health Administration dual degree program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Ryan and TRACY HARTMAN KELLER, Waverly, announce the birth of Jenna Jean, Dec. 31. Tracy is assistant director of human resources at Eagle Ottawa LLC, Waterloo.

JASON KRAMER, Tulsa, Okla., is an account executive with Learfield Sports at the University of Tulsa.

Sherwin and ANN REDDEL LANGHOLDT, Rock Rapids, announce the birth of Matthew Thomas, March 26. He joins Lauren, 2. Ann teaches music in the Central Lyon Community School District.

Brent and AMY SULLIVAN LEISTIKOW, Tripoli, announce the birth of Carsyn Robert, Jan. 29. He joins Cael, 2.

Chad and BETH JOHNSON MARCHANT, Des Moines, announce the birth of Christian Bennett, April 22.

ALBERT and JAYME O’ROURKE MEWS, North English, announce the birth of Gwen Elizabeth, July 26, 2004. She joins Clara, 2. Al teaches sixth grade and serves as assistant high school football coach and seventh-grade boys basketball coach in the English Valleys Community Schools. Jayme works part-time as a behavior specialist at the Center for Disabilities and Development through the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

James and STEPHANIE LADLIE MYERS, Liberty, Mo., announce the birth of Carmen Elizabeth, April 23. Stephanie is on a one-year leave of absence from the Liberty Public Schools
and teaches private piano lessons in her home.

JOEL REICHERT and Lisa Ferrell, Gilbert, Ariz., were married March 19. Joel is with Desert Ridge High School.

GRAHAM and MINDY VanCLEAVE SCHARDT, Ankeny, announce the birth of Avryn Melita, Oct. 22, 2003. Graham is the director of outreach and connection at Prairie Ridge Church. Mindy works part-time for Hope Ministries, Des Moines.

SAMANTHA MONSON SOUHRADA, Waverly, completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. She is with John Deere, Waterloo.

CHELSEY SPORE and Don G. McDill, Cedar Rapids, were married May 14. They are joined by Don’s two children, Zachary, 15, and Ashley, 13.

STEVEN and CARRIE LAWTON YOUDE, Amherst, N.Y., announce the birth of Allyson Lynn, March 10.

NATHAN and MEREDITH HILL ZIETLOW, LeClaire, announce the birth of Daniel Nathan, Dec. 26. Nathan is an IT business analyst with John Deere, Moline, Ill.

JACKIE CHURCH and Nick Burgart, Cedar Rapids, were married April 30.

Jason and JANEL RAY DEZARN, Hartford, Wis., announce the birth of Hayden Charles, Jan. 20. Janel is the director of volunteer services for Easter Seals Kindcare Southeastern Wisconsin and a freelance writer for local newspapers in Milwaukee.

JENNI DONOHUE, Coralville, graduated in December with M.B.A. and M.H.A. degrees from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She is with Advocate Health Care, Chicago, Ill.

KATHERINE DRISCOLL, Waverly, is an account manager with Network Control.

JESSICA BRAITHWAITE FRANZEN, Miles, is a social worker I with Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

JOHN GIBBONS, Des Moines, is an account executive with Storey Kenworthy.

Lance and SHELLIE LIENHARD KAMAUS, Lisbon, announce the birth of Cohen Eugene, Nov. 15. Shellie is a marketing director for Benchmark, Inc., Cedar Rapids.

DAVID LINDNER and Kelly Richer, Baldwin, Wis., announce the birth of Ryan Ray, May 3.

JEANA LARSON, Swea City, is director of bands in grades 5-12 and teaches group and individual brass, woodwind and percussion lessons in the North Kossuth Community School District. Under her direction, the Marching Cougars of North Kossuth were chosen to represent Iowa in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 30. She is also the fifth-grade band director and general music teacher at St. John’s Catholic Elementary School.

CHRISTINE MEYER, Denver, Colo., teaches second grade in the Denver Public Schools.

Dr. TYLER MOLSTRE, Pleasant Hill, graduated in October from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. He has opened his own practice, True Life Chiropractic, in Waukee.

Dr. HALEY PLAUTZ OWEN, Milwaukee, Wis., is completing her medical residency in anesthesia after graduating from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in May 2004.

Michael and ANGELA SWINTON RICHMANN, Middleton, Wis., announce the birth of Mayah Lois, Aug. 25, 2003.

CHRIS THOMAS and KRISTIN RIESTERER, Lyons, Ill., were married Aug. 14, 2004.

MARK Van GORKOM, Lake Mills, teaches fifth grade and is track and field coach in the Lake Mills Community School District.

GRETCHEN BARTLETT, Knoxville, Tenn., is an on-air personality and marketing director at 93.1 The Point, owned and operated by Journal Broadcast Group. She was named to the board of directors of Saving Little Hearts, a Knoxville area organization that assists families whose children struggle with congenital heart defects.

SARAH GROH, Waverly, is a human resources associate with Waverly Health Center.

KIMBERLY HANSON and Christopher Witt, Mount Vernon, Mo., were married June 26, 2004.

ANUSH HARUTYUNYAN and Curtis Ricci, Jamaica, N.Y., were married in Armenia on June 23, 2003, and again in New York on Aug. 7, 2003. Anush is a full-time M.B.A. student and works as an investment banking analyst at JPMorgan.

BRET HAUGHENBURY, Cedar Rapids, is a sales and marketing manager with A-1 Rental West.

RYAN and LINDSAY OELKERS KUHL, Chiang Mai, Thailand, work at the American Pacific International School, where Ryan teaches high school mathematics and Lindsay teaches in a combined third- and fourth-grade classroom.

KRISTIN NIEMAN, Ames, is pursuing a Ph.D. in nutrition at Iowa State University after completing her master’s degree at Iowa State in December.

NASRAT and Mitra RAHMAN, Maspeth, N.Y., announce the birth of Sara, April 15.

RYAN ROST, Columbia, Md., graduated in December with a Master of Science degree in information assurance. He is in computer security with the U.S. Department of Defense. His wife, CINNAMON ANSORGE ROST, is a graphic designer with Millennium Marketing Solutions.

BROOKE BURRAGE TIMMER, West Des Moines, was elected president of the Drake Law School Student Bar Association for the 2005-06 academic year. She was also elected to serve as governor for the Eighth Circuit of the American Bar Association Law School Division.

JASON UHLENHAKE, West Des Moines, is an assistant athletic trainer and lecturer in athletic training at Simpson College. He earned a master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in May 2004.

COLLIN VOTROBECK and Sarah Morris, Portland, Ore., were married July 30, 2004. Collin is a computer graphic designer with Pacific Signs.

SARAH CAMPBELL, Sterling, Ill., teaches fifth grade at
St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School, Dixon.

TINA ELLINGSON and Brad Darling, Mabel, Minn., were married April 2.

JOSEPH GATTO and Heather Kruse, Manchester, were married Nov. 27. Joseph is a teacher and coach at North Linn Schools, Troy Mills.

MICAH GEARHART and Alyssa Grell, Estherville, were married June 7, 2003.

DAN HANSON and SALLY MITCHELL ’04, Kansas City, Mo., were married April 23.

JOHANNA MADSEN and Scott Buchholz, Lincoln, Neb., were married Feb. 5.

KATIE PERRINJAQUET and Adam Hageman, Decorah, were married July 10, 2004. Katie is a preschool teacher at Sunflower Childcare and Preschool.

SUZANNE PIEL, West Des Moines, is youth services librarian at Clive Public Library after finishing her M.L.S. degree at the University of Illinois.

KRISTEN POTRATZ and Matthew Strayer, La Porte City, were married Jan. 1.

AUDRA RONSIEK, Fitchburg, Wis., is a music therapist/early childhood music director at Music by Mickey Center for Musical Arts, Verona.

ALISHA SASS, Davenport, graduated from St. Ambrose U

ASHLEY CALDWELL, Waterloo, teaches at Logan Middle School.

CLINT FINLEY, Pella, is manager at Harvey Products, Harvey.

ALAIN DJOUMESSI and ANGELA FOELSKE, Waverly, were married April 23 in the Wartburg Chapel. Alain is a youth counselor with Lutheran Services of Waverly. Angie teaches 4- to 5-year-olds at Grin and Grow Child Care.

TEMPA HAINES, Bloomington, Minn., is a full-time music therapist with Martin Luther Manor nursing facility after receiving her board certification in music therapy.

Lt. GARY HESS, Belle Chasse, La., is an infantry platoon commander with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune.

JEREMY HOFFMAN, West Burlington, is an information systems analyst with Winegard Co.

MARCUS KNECHT, Omaha, Neb., is a technical support analyst with Peak Productions.

ANGELA CONNELL LAACK, Mason City, is in inside sales with the Globe-Gazette.

CHRISTOPHER LEE and KIRSTEN BJORK, Bloomington, Minn., were married Nov. 20.

RYAN SCHAEFER, Ames, is a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.

EMILY SEBOLDT, Denver, Colo., is a leadership associate with Frederic Printing, a consolidated graphics company.

BRENT SHOWALTER and APRIL CHERRY, Milwaukee, Wis., were married July 10, 2004, in the Wartburg Chapel. April is with the Hamilton School District, Menomonee Falls. Brent is a student at Marquette Law School.

MOLLY SLOAN, Emmetsburg, teaches third grade in the West Bend-Mallard School System.

MATT TOWNSLEY and CASSY DEARBORN, Cedar Rapids, were married
March 12. Matt is with the Solon Community School District. Cassy is the Via Panera coordinator for Linn and Johnson counties.

LISA VATNSDAL, Denver, Colo., is a traffic coordinator with McClain Finlon Advertising.

KRISTIN VORDERSTRASSE, Hastings, Neb., is a graphic designer with Morris Press Cookbooks, Kearney.

NATALIE ANDERSON, Waverly, is a marketing specialist with Real Estate Research Corp.

MAGGIE ANGELL is a music performance graduate student at the University of Iowa.

NICHOLAS BAKER and KELSEY PADDERUD, Waverly, were married Aug. 21, 2004, in the Wartburg Chapel. Kelsey is with Exceptional Persons, Waterloo. Nick is with Rubber Development Co. and also operates his own DJ business, Twistin’ Entertainment.

KATHERINE BOLLENBACH, DeKalb, Ill., is a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque.

MICHELLE CRAIG is enrolled in the osteopathic medicine program at Des Moines University, Des Moines.

STEPHANIE FRIEDERICH, Cedar Rapids, is an account executive with Wells Fargo Financial.

KELLY GOSSLING, Waucoma, is with the Northland Agency on Aging as a case manager for Fayette County, Decorah.

JANNAE HOLUBAR, West Des Moines, is a communications specialist with the West Des Moines School District.

JENNIFER OLTHOFF is a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport.

TERESE OTT, Cedar Rapids, is a credit union examiner with Iowa Credit Union Division.

BRITTANY PETERSEN, Wilton, teaches high school Spanish in the Durant Community Schools, Durant.

KAYE RASMUSSON, Ham Lake, Minn., is a staff auditor with KPMG, Minneapolis.

AMANDA SCHMIEDER, Green Bay, Wis., is a graduate student in early American
history at Marquette University, Milwaukee.

AMANDA SCHWANDT is a ministry intern with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Pella.

KARI SCHWARTZ, Waverly, teaches art at Independence High School.

ERIN SNITKEY, Clive, is a commercial lines underwriter with Allied Insurance,
Des Moines.

BETH THOMPSON and Brandon Zelle, Sumner, were married May 30, 2004.

CHRISTINA UFER, Minneapolis, Minn., is a music therapist intern with Park Nicollet Health Services.

SARAH WALTERS is a food service sales representative with Hormel Foods, Irvine, Calif.


Alumnus pens novel
steeped in Lutheran history

by Ron Matthias ’54

Wartburg alumni – especially those interested in the college history or church life – will enjoy In the Presence of Angels.

The author, Michael Sherer ’63, is a graduate of Wartburg and Wartburg Theological Seminary. He is now editor of Metro Lutheran, a Twin Cities-based pan-Lutheran newspaper.

This novel is the first of a series of three devoted
to a common theme and “is dedicated to the founders, faculty, staff and students of St. Paul Luther College and Seminary, … and to their counterparts in the schools which succeeded them – Wartburg Theological Seminary, … and Wartburg College … Their lives touched and enriched those of thousands more.”

Persons identified with St. Paul Luther and three Wartburgs (Waverly, Clinton and Dubuque) play important roles in the story. Sherer pays more than a little attention to Lutheran denominational history – especially to the bitter struggle in the early 1930s over where to locate the American Lutheran Church’s colleges in the Midwest. Along the way, readers are introduced to some surnames that have a familiar Wartburg ring: Darnauer, Staehling, Schwandt, Andreae, Buenting, Jech, Mensing, Borleske, Harms and a host of others. To even things up, Sherer includes the all-too-familiar outsider who insists on calling the Waverly college “Waterbury.”

In the Presence of Angels is, however, more than an exercise in academic or denominational nostalgia. Set between the world wars, it tells of those whose lives are caught up in the birth and growth toward maturity of a congregation in south Minneapolis: Lutheran Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

Sherer is a masterful storyteller; he has both a strong sense of history and a keen eye for the human condition. He gives us so much more than a good read, and he takes us well beyond the ordinary opportunity of experiencing vicariously the triumphs and tribulations of people in another time and place.

In the Presence of Angels becomes a powerful affirmation of congregational life – a fascinating tale of the ways human connections can be transformed into ministry.

It reminds us that the realities of good and evil, success and failure, faith and forgiveness are as old and as new as humankind. If at times the narrative seems predictable, it may be because we sense in it our own lives and an affirmation of how complicated and elusive the human search for understanding can be. In a very real sense, we have seen the people of St. Michael, and they are us.

In the final two novels of the trilogy, Sherer promises to bring the story of
St. Michael and its people into the new millennium. Anyone who reads this first installment will not want to miss the rest of the story.

In the Presence of Angels is available from the usual sources – both local and online. If you purchase it from Metro Lutheran, ($22 total) the newspaper receives $3 per copy. Checks should be made payable to Metro Lutheran, 122 W. Franklin Ave., #214, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

The Des Moines Register newsroom staff boasts six Wartburg alumni, including, from left: Randy Brubaker ’80, assistant managing editor/online; Josh Smothers ’03, sports copy editor; Stephanie Robbins Boeding ’99, features copy editor; Suzanne Behnke ’97, deputy news editor; and Travis Graven ’01, assistant editor, DesMoinesRegister.com. Not pictured: Sandy Stumer Walter ’73, editorial page assistant.

Send high-resolution photos of alumni in your workplace to karris.golden@wartburg.edu.

Books by
Alumni & Faculty
Mayo Clinic
on Headache

Edited by Jerry Swanson ’73
Mayo Foundation Medical Education and Research
July 2004
ISBN: 1893005356
This book provides information to the lay public regarding the causes and treatment of headache conditions.

A Parent’s Guide
to Harry Potter

By Gina Burkart, Lecturer in English
InterVarsity Press 2005
After reading the books with her children, Burkart discovered many parallels between the Christian faith and the themes found in the Harry Potter series. In this creative guide, Burkart demonstrates how Harry Potter fits into traditional fairy tale writing and how this type of literature helps build a moral framework.

In the Presence
of Angels

By Michael Sherer ’63
PublishAmerica 2005
ISBN: 1413748546
A charismatic pastor struggles to balance ambition with humility as his surging faith community confronts issues of greed and poverty, success and suicide, lust and fidelity, faith and forgiveness.

Thanks for the Memories of Ministry
By the Rev. Eugene Gauerke ’53
Morris Publishing
Gauerke reflects on
his favorite, and often humorous, memories from the past 40 years of serving as a Lutheran pastor.

Make Love Your Aim
By the Rev. Eugene ’53 and Elvira ’54 Gauerke
Morris Publishing
In this book, the Gauerkes share 50 years worth of memories regarding family heritage, children, grandchildren and those who have befriended them through life.

Send Me Tulips
by Kathe Oleson ’78
Prisma Press 2005
ISBN: 0970239009
Oleson celebrates and honors the journey through life and relationships by weaving an uplifting tale that teaches us all about the hope that sustains us.

PRINCIPAL KNIGHTS – Principal Financial Group employs dozens of Wartburg College alumni. Gathered at the Des Moines office are Kevin Adair ’98, Chuck Baker ’90, Nicole Johanningmeier Breune ’95, Doyle Burn ’65, Jen Bye Christy ’95, Mitch Cook ’02, Greg Dewey ’03, Deann Geitz Geistler ’92, Pat Glawe ’89, Gina Hibbard ’98, Kent Hicock ’90, Janell Godfrey Kallenbach ’94, Emily Ott Kell ’98, Chris Kottlowski ’93, Carrie Kress ’03, Kathryn McCrindle Kroeger ’02, Eric
Krull ’99, Stephanie Hurley Kruse ’92, Renee Leonard ’02, Elizabeth Luett ’04, Annemarie Brown Miller ’90, Mindy Kehoe Moss ’91, Dave Neve ’76, Britnee Niemann ’02, Peggy Krampe Pavelka ’81, Julie Leonard Pewe ’99, Brian Poock ’98, Phil Porter ’81, Dave Rewerts ’00, Nicole Scheidel ’03, Lance Schoening ’91, Joan Bily Sheridan ’91 and Matt Trettin ’02. Not pictured: Jeff Bergan ’87, Ron Bily ’94, Amanda Broman ’02, Nancy Shaver Davis ’73, Dan DeVries ’84, Phil Giltner ’74, TJ Heither ’00, Tammy Headington Hoch ’97, Thomas Horton ’98, Leony Kaster ’96, Justina Lamb Loeb ’97, Audrey Hanson Mathema ’97, Ryan Harms ’99, Amanda McMahan ’04, Brian Mudd ’03, Rob Mudd ’00, Jared Nicol ’03, Shannon Obert ’97, Ross Polking ’99, Marty Rathje ’73, Andrea Kakacek Rochford ’01, Rick Roquet ’92, Ryan Schutty ’99, Lane Sires ’98, Chad Smith ’93, Eric Thompson ’03, Craig Treptow ’93, Thomas Van Heukelom ’96, Douglas Vaughan ’02 and Gary Walljasper ’85.

Send high-resolution photos of alumni in your workplace to karris.golden@wartburg.edu.

SPIN SPIN COUPLING – Members of Spin Spin Coupling are, from left: Paul Van Auken ’95 of Lake Mills, Wis.; Mike Jensen ’96 of Waverly; and Alan Halverson.

Wartburg alumni spin third CD

by Abbie Lichty ’07

What do you get when you combine the musical efforts of two Wartburg alumni, another Wartburg graduate’s husband and an alumna from Luther College (of all places)? The correct answer is not a disastrous punch line to another antagonistic Wartburg/Luther joke but rather a talented musical group that delights in producing the catchy, spunky tunes of sensitive arena rock.

The Madison, Wis.-based band Spin Spin Coupling recently released their third CD, She Said. This group combines the musical stylings of Mike Jensen ’96 (lead vocals), Paul Van Auken ’95 (bass), Alan Halverson (lead guitar) and Eric Heiserman (drums).

Both Jensen and Van Auken met at Waldorf College in Forest City over a decade ago. Continuing their friendship through their time at Waldorf and into their years spent at Wartburg resulted in the formation of Spin Spin Coupling and the production of three compact discs.
“Nobody else wants to play with us, or something, so we’ve just kept the dream alive together,” indicates Van Auken.

Both Jensen and Van Auken decided to share their ‘dream’ with bandmates Halverson and Heiserman. Halverson, a Luther grad, resides in Madison, Wis., and Heiserman lives in Minneapolis, Minn. That leaves Van Auken in Lake Mills, Wis., and Jensen in Waverly, where he is a lecturer in music at Wartburg. With miles separating members, Jensen credits much of their success to experience and time spent playing with each other.

“We rarely get a chance to practice because we’re so spread out,” he remarks, “so it’s a good thing we’ve been playing together as long as we have.”

Van Auken is working on a Ph.D. in sociology at UW-Madison, where Halverson is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science. Heiserman is a computer networking specialist with a governmental agency in Minneapolis.

According to reviews, the bands growth in both musicality and musicianship are apparent with the release of She Said. Jim Musser of the Iowa City Press Citizen raved that She Said’s melodies are filled with “hooks galore, smart lyrics and great harmonies.”

Tom Laskin of Isthmus commented, “Right now it’s their calculated shape-shifting that differentiates them from the many lesser acts that figure cute idiosyncrasies or by-the-numbers imitation is the surest way to a rock ‘n’ roll career.”

To sample tracks from all three SSC CDs and learn more about the band, visit www.spinspin.org.

Lichty is a communication arts and religion major from Waterloo.

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