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Norm Hermann & Janet (Feiler) 1970 — Mount Pleasant, WI,  Norm Hermann (1969) and Janet Feiler-Hermann (1970) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17, 2020. Still going strong after all these years. 
Submitted: January 28, 2021


Joe William Trotter , Jr. — Penn Hills, Pennsylvania,  wrote and released his book, Pittsburgh and the Urban League Movement. 
Submitted: September 21, 2020

Donna (Lyon) deOliveira — DeKalb, Illinois,  has been serving part time positions at Founders Elementary in DeKalb, IL and West Elementary in Sycamore, IL. 
Submitted: May 5, 2020

Thomas Abbott — Colorado Springs, CO,  continues to expand his various business ventures in the research, development, and distribution of hemp and CBD products. 
Submitted: October 10, 2019

Tim Yanacheck as "Grandpa Potts"
Tim Yanacheck as "Grandpa Potts"

Tim Yanacheck — Oregon, WI,  has been acting, singing, and dancing in community theater, after more than 41 years of practicing law. Most recently, Tim was "Grandpa Potts" in Verona Area Community Theater's production of the musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." 
Submitted: September 16, 2019

Mr. Jay Ohlrich
Mr. Jay Ohlrich

Jay Ohlrich — Austin, TX,  retired from a 40 year career in the Professional Beauty Industry. He has been honored for Salesperson of the year with Proctor & Gamble and Alberto Culver, as well as many other outstanding achievement awards throughout his career. The past 8 years he served as Vice President of Sales for The Burmax Company in Holtsville, New York, the largest importer of Wholesale Barber, Beauty and Nail products in the US. He is married to Susan (Wertz), a graduate of Augustana College. Has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. 
Submitted: August 16, 2019

Walter W. Stern , III — Kenosha, WI,  is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who recipients are chosen from a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors include position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. As an attorney with more than four decades of experience, Mr. Stern is most concerned with the legal practice of civil rights, criminal defense, personal injury, constitutional law and family law. His goal above all else is to help hardworking individuals overcome the institutional barriers preventing them from achieving success in their personal and professional lives. In recognition of his ongoing contributions to the legal profession, Mr. Stern has been featured in a wide range of honors publications, including several editions of Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World. He was most recently selected to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Over the years, Mr. Stern has continued to assist the legal community in a variety of roles. Prior to becoming a candidate for circuit judge in 2005, he served as a hearing examiner for General Relief from 1990 to 1995. He also worked as an educator for the Domestic Violence Project for more than a decade in the 1980s and 1990s. Looking ahead, Mr. Stern intends to continue teaching, with the possibility of lecturing on the social sciences in the future. 
Submitted: November 14, 2018


Lois (Spee) Niese — Barrington, IL,  celebrates a Pi Theta reunion with her fellow sisters for the past 25 years. Each summer, the group gathers to catch up on one another's lives and reminisce their days while at Carthage. Judy (Nowatske) Cooley ’70 was able to celebrate her birthday at this reunion. Front row (left to right): Karen (Mantych) Cook ’70, Susan (Otterbein) Van Burk ’69, and Lois (Spee) Niese ’69. Back row (left to right): Marnette (Roth) Severance ’70, Ann Marie (Shouba) Strom ’69, Marcia (Lesak) Burba ’69, Kathy (Hartl) Burdick ’70, Judy (Nowatske) Cooley ’70, Winilue (Feltmann) Klein ’69, Susan (Vought) Schweke ’71, Darcia (Althoff) Behrens ’71, and Barbara (Berg) Heike ’68. 
Submitted: July 24, 2018

Dieter Jedan — Cape Girardeau, Missouri,  received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on Nov. 11, 2014. Created in 1951, it is the highest honor Germany presents for political, economic, social, and spiritual service. Consul General Herbert Quelle presented the award at the Chicago consulate on behalf of German president Joachim Gauck. Several members of Mr. Jedan’s family attended the ceremony.Mr. Jedan lost his father in World War II and became a political refugee in West Germany during the Cold War. During a lengthy career in higher education, he was a strong supporter of international education. More recently, he has worked to revive ties between Altenburg, Missouri, and Altenburg, Germany and supported the local Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum.  
Submitted: February 9, 2015

Joan Peterkin — Oakridge, Ore.,  and her husband moved from San Francisco Bay area to their dream retirement in the Oregon Cascades. They are enjoying two of their grandchildren who live nearby.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Tim Yanacheck — Oregon, Wis.,  is the founder and race director of the Mad City 100K, which on April 12 hosted the USA Track and Field national championship 100-kilometer road race in Madison, Wisconsin. On May 24, Tim marked the end of his 40th year in the practice of law. He is an attorney with the law firm of Bell, Moore, and Richter in Madison. 
Submitted: May 13, 2014

Attached is a photo of the six members in the Carthage Alumni China tour group taken after lunch at the Chinese Emperors Summer Palace.     Bottom - Left to right Betty Lawler, Holly Jurss, Larry Jurse Top - Larry Ruegg, Curt Siegel, Pam Siegel
Attached is a photo of the six members in the Carthage Alumni China tour group taken after lunch at the Chinese Emperors Summer Palace. Bottom - Left to right Betty Lawler, Holly Jurss, Larry Jurse Top - Larry Ruegg, Curt Siegel, Pam Siegel

Curtis Siegel — Palatine, Ill. ,  and five other alumni returned from the Carthage China adventure. He reports that they better understand China and appreciate the significant development that has occurred and is occurring. They felt fortunate to have many days clear of the oppressive pollution known to occur in Beijing. They also have a new appreciation for Chinese food and the difference from what passes as Chinese foods in the U.S. Mr. Siegel wrote that he found traveling with Carthage alumni enjoyable, because they share a common understanding and perspective on life.  
Submitted: January 21, 2014

Dieter Jedan , Ph.D. — Cape Girardeau, Mo.,  chaired the Department of Global Cultures and Languages at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for 20 years. Before coming to the university, he taught at Murray State, UCLA, and Illinois Wesleyan. During his tenure at Southeast, the department grew to include foreign languages, anthropology, archaeology, geography, and global studies. On July 31, 2011, Dr. Jedan retired as professor and chair emeritus. 
Submitted: January 17, 2014

Eric Otterbein — Hawthorn Woods, Ill.,  reports that he and seven other Carthage graduates (all Buffaloes) went to see a band with Jim Fuller '67 play in Burlington, Wis.  
Submitted: September 3, 2013

Douglas Schoen — Menominee, Mich.,  has retired after serving as senior pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Chuch in Menominee, Mich., for the past 33 years. Doug received his M. Div. from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1973. He served as pastor of Trinity, Rice Lake and Grace, Brill, Wis., from 1973-1980. Doug served on the Carthage Board of Trustees from 1984-1988. He continued to serve as a Carthage torchbearer. He and his wife, Marilyn, continue to live in Menominee. 
Submitted: July 6, 2013

Geraldine Mae Muhlick — Kenosha, Wis.,  Dec. 8, 2012. Geraldine Muhlick worked for many years as an auditor for the Kenosha Savings and Loan and was a member of the Island Lake Lioness Club. She enjoyed skiing and boating. She was preceded in death by her parents and her fiance, Ron Kozemer. She is survived by a daughter, Bridgette Hoerner of Denver; and brothers, Dennis of Buffalo, Minn., and Robert of Kenosha.  
Submitted: May 6, 2013

Jim Van Burk & Susan (Otterbein) 1969 — Oak Forest, Ill., report they're glad that they attended the recent 165th reunion on campus. It was perfect weather and they spent the day with "old" friends and reconnected with current sorority gals. They shared tales of life in the dorm in the late '60s - one phone for the whole floor - impossible to believe! Susan, Marcia (Lesak) Burba, Michelle Serpe, and Judy (Nowatski) Cooley all posed next to their "1968" sorority photos and had a lot of fun.  
Submitted: December 3, 2012

Michael Gissibl — Michael passed away on 7/1/2012. He was a member of the "turtles" fraternity. Michael enjoyed a long, successful career at Snap-on-Tools, loved to water ski, play sports and travel. A Memorial Service was held on July 11, St. Matthews Church. 
Submitted: July 30, 2012

Family Photo
Family Photo

James Hermann — Racine, Wis., retired from SC Johnson/Diversey, Inc. in June 2012 after 45 years of service. He ended his career as Director and Sr. Technology Fellow in Research and Development where he was involved in the development of many products. He also served as company expert witness for 34 years culminating in his being featured in an Aug. 7, 1996, front-page article in the Wall Street Journal.  
Submitted: July 7, 2012

Fred Carlson — Batavia, Ill., retired after 35 years in public health service.  
Submitted: January 13, 2011

Gail Cooper — Grayslake, Ill., retired from teaching with the Special Education District of Lake County in 2002 after 33 years. She is in her 9th year of substitute teaching. She has one son named Thomas and one grandson, Tristan. She lives with her husband Ron in Grayslake. Her son and grandson live nearby.  
Submitted: January 13, 2011

Henry Paul — Elm Grove, Wis., has been the president of the Padre Serra Club of Milwaukee for the past two years. This club runs one of the largest grade school basketball tournaments in the state and oldest as a fund raiser with a total of 64 teams competing.  
Submitted: November 1, 2010

Patricia J. Miller — Downers Grove, Ill., is enjoying her retirement from teaching after being a full time substitute teacher for West Chicago Elementary District #33 for 14 years, having more time to spend with her two adorable grandsons, Erik Hohann Peterson, 4 years. and Karl Gregory peterson, 2 years. She has also enjoyed taking two trips with Karen Gilliland Morauski, '69 to Branson Missouri and Savannah, Georgia and a trip with her son and daughter for a family vacation and wedding in Lancaster, Penn. Her beloved husband of 37 years, Bill Miller, passed away on June 14th, 2009. Patricia thanks God for her family, friends and church. Life is precious, every day is a gift - don't forget to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.  
Submitted: January 15, 2010

Tim Yanacheck — Oregon, Wis., has been selected by USA Track & Field to be assistant team manager for the American national ultramarathon team competing in the World Cup 100K in Gibraltar next November. Tim is also the founder and race director for the national championship 100-kilometer road race, the fourth annual Mad City 100K, which will be run in Madison, Wis., in April. He continues to practice law in Madison with the firm of Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. as a civil trial attorney, he's now in his 36th year. 
Submitted: January 14, 2010

Lane A. Updegrove — Fort Wayne, Ind., is currently employed by the USPS Remote Encoding Center in Fort Wayne. 
Submitted: January 14, 2010

Eric Otterbein — Hawthorn Woods, Ill., has retired after 39 years in the pharmaceutical indrusty. He and his wife Carol continue to reside in Hawthorn Woods.  
Submitted: October 15, 2009

Joseph A. Guarise — Fox Lake, Ill., and his wife, Janet, have returned to the Chicago area, after 10 years of operating Panini Beach Trattoria in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  
Submitted: September 19, 2008

Hope Hoenig — Schaumburg, Ill., retired in December 2006 after 34 1/2 years with Sears. She recently moved to Friendship Village in Schaumburg to enjoy her new retired life. 
Submitted: July 10, 2007

Catherine L. Cryer — Mesa, Ariz., reports that she is community outreach coordinator at Central Christian Church of the East Valley in Mesa. We've had an incredible year with God moving in miraculous ways, especially in our homeless outreach program, she writes. We have had one marriage and five baptisms in about nine months! One year ago we served breakfast to about 65 people (mostly men) one Saturday a month. Now we serve 120 men, women, and children on the first and third Saturdays.  
Submitted: January 11, 2007

Mary Gebauer Jacobs — Alamo, Calif., has retired from the Employment Development Dept, State of California, allowing more time for traveling and projects, time with children, husband, grandchildren and golf. She and husband, Bob Jacobs, went on a 30-day driving trip around the perimeter of the United States. The couple visited 24 states. 
Submitted: January 8, 2007

Marcia Kleyensteuber Dwiggins — Huntsville, Ala., has been blessed with a private practice in counseling. She would enjoy hearing from her Carthage friends.  
Submitted: November 15, 2006

Timothy Malm — Glendale, Wis., passed away Feb, 13, 2006. Mr. Malm was a partner with the law firm of Malm & LaFave since 1978 and was a member of the American Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association and Milwaukee Bar Association. He was a member of the Fox Point Lutheran Church choir and the St. Michael Hospital Foundation board. He served on several city boards and had recently been named Glendale's 2006 Citizen of the Year. Tim is survived by wife Karen (nee Sottile); children Lisa, Amanda, Holly, and Kayla; grandchildren Samantha, Sadie, and Brandon. He is also survived by siblings Mavis Weber and Carol Seith. 
Submitted: February 20, 2006

Francisco Alvarez — Tigard, Ore., continues to enjoy his retirement from Intel Corp. Last summer he completed an offshore sailing class by sailing on a 46-foot sailboat from Hawaii to Canada. This summer he plans to sail his own sailboat to Alaska.  
Submitted: December 6, 2005

Patricia Miller — Downers Grove, Ill., is beginning her 12th year as a permanent substitute teacher for West Chicago Elementary District #33. Her husband William is the owner of Bill Miller Securities, Inc. Patti and Bill welcomed their first grandchild, Erik Johann Peterson, on Aug. 19, 2005. 
Submitted: December 5, 2005

Joseph Guarise — Fox Lake, Ill., owns Panini Beach Trattoria in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Recently, they hosted a dinner for the Miss America Scholarship Fund in conjunction wih the Miss Virgin Islands Pageant. Guests included two Miss Americas, 1996 and 2001. 
Submitted: June 16, 2005

Darwin R. Peterson — McHenry, Ill., teaches English and Speech at Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, Ill. This year he is coaching debate at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wis., with the director of forensics, Adam Jacobi. 
Submitted: January 13, 2005

Donna E. (Lyon) de Oliveira — Houston, Texas, is a speech-language pathologist at The Briarwood School and at the Speech-Language Remediation Center, both in Houston. She attended the annual convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in Philadelphia in November 2004. Her husband Fred is a pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston. They have three grandchildren, two in Reston, Va., and one in DeKalb, Ill. Their Rotary Exchange daughter, a graduate of Augustana-Rock Island, Ill., lives in Vitoria, Brazil, and has two daughters. 
Submitted: January 11, 2005

Kathy Koeneke Heavers — Montrose, Colo., was the chosen 2005 Colorado Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Montrose High School and has co-authored several textbooks published by National Textbook Company and McGraw-Hill.  
Submitted: December 28, 2004

Curtis Siegel — Palatine, Ill., was promoted to Director for National Integrated Technology Solutions Group of RSM McGladrey Inc. His office is in Schaumburg, Ill., and he has been with the firm for eight years. The last of his four children will be graduating from high school in June. 
Submitted: December 11, 2003

Catherine L. Cryer — St. Charles, Ill., is completing her 11th year as director of caring ministries with Hosanna Lutheran in St. Charles. Next summer, she will be moving to Phoenix, Ariz., where she will seek employment at a local church. 
Submitted: October 15, 2003

Tim Yanacheck — Oregon, Wis., has been elected to a director's post with the law firm of Bell, Gierhart & Moore in Madison, Wis. The firm focuses on civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense and insurance law. 
Submitted: June 11, 2003

Caryl Dierksen — Woodstock, Ill., retired from teaching at Woodstock High School in June 2002. She now works part-time for the Woodstock Independent newspaper. 
Submitted: February 17, 2003


Alan Blatecky — Raleigh, N.C.,  recently retired from the National Science Foundation, where he served as director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure. He is the appointed Visiting Fellow at Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina.  
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Alice Schmidt-Kobrow — Kenosha, Wis.,  Jan. 1, 2013. For 33 years, Alice Schmidt-Kobrow was employed as an early childhood teacher working with special needs children. She taught at Weiskopf and Jane Vernon elementary schools in Kenosha, retiring from the Kenosha Unified School District in 2000. She also was a dedicated member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was extremely active in the church’s outreach programs. In 1997, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from KUSD. Her joy in life was found in attending her grandchildren’s’ activities and being with her family. She is survived by her children, August "Augie" Schmidt IV and Heather Schmidt-Lux; sister, Martha Kucinsky; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; brother, Martin Magnuson; and sister, Helen Hlavaty.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

Roger A. Palmen — Waterford, Wis., Oct. 29, 2012, Mr. Palmen was a Kenosha native who spent four decades in the automobile business. He played tuba in the band at Carthage, and while serving in the U.S. Army, he played in the 399th Army band in Vincenza, Italy. He was the co-owner and vice president of Palmen Motors in Kenosha from 1968 to 1990 with his brother. From 1974 to 1984 they owned the Dodge dealership in Racine, Wis., which Roger ran. For the past 20 years, Roger was president and owner of Roger Palmen Chevrolet in Union Grove, Wis. The automotive apprentice training center at Park High School in Racine has been named in his honor. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Theresa; three sons, Michael and Daniel, both of Waterford and Anthony of West Allis, Wis.; one sister, Barbara Strothman of Minnetonka, Minn.; and two grandchildren. 
Submitted: December 21, 2012

Linda Cook — Elkhorn, Wis., retired in February 2012 and is now enjoying spending time with her three grandaughters, ages 5, 3, and 1.  
Submitted: December 3, 2012

Ross Aden — Roscoe, Ill., has written "Religion Today: A Critical Thinking Approach to Religious Studies," published by Rowman and Littlefield. This textbook introduces the basic concepts and methods of the study of religion by engaging readers in problem solving on current religious issues. The Rev. Aden has taught Religious Studies for more than a decade as an associate professor in the philosophy department of Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill. He has taught at Carthage and other colleges, and served parishes in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and continues to serve as priest of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Rockford. 
Submitted: November 8, 2012

Sandra (Schueffner) Aden — Roscoe, Ill., has retired from the North Suburban Library District in the northern suburbs of Rockford, Ill., after serving the district for 15 years as branch manager, Children's Services Department supervisor, and director. The Adens are moving to Muskegon, Mich., to be near their family. 
Submitted: November 8, 2012

Roberta Clause Ischinger — Palos Park, Ill., is semi retired and works part time as an ESL teacher. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Sandy Rafftery Meneley — Holmes Beach, Fla., has qualified for the Iron Man World Championship in Kona, Hawaii to be held Oct. 13, 2012. Coached by her daughter, Leslie Brainard, Sandy won her age group in Texas. Sandy's daughter also qualified in her age division, so both mother and daughter will be competing in Kona.  
Submitted: July 12, 2012

Linda Zastrow Cook — Elkhorn, Wis., continues to work as the Assistant Manager of Golden Years Retirement Village in Walworth, Wis. She spends as much time as she can with her two adorable grandaughters, Katie and Lauren Crauatta, their Mom (Jennifer Cook '97) and Dad (Nathan). They reside in Glen Ellyn, Ill.  
Submitted: October 12, 2009

Mark W. Behrens — Moline, Ill., is proud that his son, Bryan W. Behrens will graduate May 25, 2008, 40 years after his father. 
Submitted: January 14, 2008

Gerald Ugland — Plover, Wis., Jerry Ugland retired from employment with Wisconsin Council 40, AFSCME, AFL-CI0, where he was the representative for various municipal employees in a total of seven Wisconsin counties for 15 years. He obtained an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1993. Jerry previously had been a social worker for Washington County for 12 years, obtained a real estate broker's license in 1974 and sold real estate for four years, and worked with emotionally disturbed boys at Lutheran Children's Friend Society for 10 years. Jerry continues to live in Plover. 
Submitted: January 11, 2008

Paul Haack — Park Ridge, Ill., passed away July 28, 2006. Mr. Haack was a retired customer service worker for hospital suppliers. He is survived by his wife, Karen (Wallbaum) Haack '68; a son, Paul J., of Roselle, Ill., and a daughter, Kimberly Delaney, of Huntley, Ill.  
Submitted: November 15, 2006

G. Martin Bezik , Jr. — Naperville, Ill., retired early after 26 years with the Prudential Financial Service/Insurance Company. He is now an independent financial planning and insurance consultant. He was designated as a Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Long- Term Care Specialist and Life Underwriter Training Fellow. Martin has been married to Sandy for 37 years. They have two adult children, Marci and Matthew, and four grandchildren.  
Submitted: January 5, 2006

Barbara B. Billings — Plymouth, Minn., passed away June 10, 2002. 
Submitted: June 11, 2003

Randall Scott — Lake Caroline, Va., has been appointed as CEO and executive director of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), a renowned non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. Member organizations include all law schools in the U.S. and Canada, more than 1,000 of the largest law firms in North America, global firms, and other organizations. NALP educates and represents counselors and deans who assist law students and recent graduates in finding rewarding careers in both the private and public sectors. 
Submitted: April 29, 2003

John Pihl — Arlington Heights, Ill., left the Sears family of companies after 32 years. He currently is involved in breakthrough technology that will enable an employer to predict an employees ability to be successful. 
Submitted: December 27, 2002

Barbara Brown Bacon — Milwaukee, Wis., is vice president for patient services at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She has returned to Wisconsin after living in Texas for the past 17 years.  
Submitted: December 13, 2002

Jean Ann von Rohr — Wauwatosa, Wis., has published her first children's book, "I've Got Peanut Butter in My Hair!" It is a collection of finger plays and songs for young children. 
Submitted: November 18, 2002

Jack E. Tootson — North Bethesda, Md., has been appointed senior executive, chief learning officer, at the Internal Revenue Service/Small Business Self-Employed Division, located in the Washington, D.C., area. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002

Carolyn Wielgus — Glasgow, Va., continues to live in southwest Virginia with husband John. In Sept. 2000, she started a private practice as a licensed professional counselor helping children. The couple enjoys camping, photography, and travel. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Kathleen (Tostrud) Imhoff — Lexington, KY,  was awarded the 2020 Good Neighbor Award, which is presented by the Lexington Bluegrass Realtor Association, for work with the Community Cupboard. The award recognizes a realtor who makes extraordinary commitments to improving the quality of life in the community. 
Submitted: August 17, 2020

Benita S. (Schreiber) Myles — Lake Bluff, IL,  has been blessed to reach her 90th birthday, to see her 10 grandchildren to grow into adults, and have 5 great-grandchildren born. Her four children are now middle aged and she has been enjoying seeing her family continue to grow. 
Submitted: April 16, 2019


Bill Leitze — Canton, IL,  was inducted into the Canton Little Giants Hall of Fame on September 14, 2018. Bill has been a resident of Canton, IL for almost all of his life and graduated from Canton High School in 1963. During his time at CHS, Bill won eight varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He was also second team all-conference in baseball. While at Carthage, he played football and baseball. After graduation, he accepted a job teaching and coaching as assistant football coach at Mount Morris, Illinois. At the end of his first year at Mount Morris, he was drafted into the Army, ultimately serving 14 months in Vietnam. After returning from the service, he accepted a job teaching and coaching back in his hometown of Canton. His first duties were as an underclass assistant football coach with Tom and Ed Zaborac and freshman baseball coach with Ron Fahnestock and Gary Grzanich. He served under only three head football coaches and was an assistant under one baseball coach. His football mentors were Tom Zaborac, Ron Ellberg, and Steve Graves. He felt fortunate to have been tutored by a former Big Ten player, an Illinois football coach Hall of Famer, and a state champion coach. Having been a Little Giant and associating with Little Giants athletes and students, Leitze is both gratified and deeply humbled by this honor. He is proud to say that he can now stand in the company of Giants. 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

Robert Hawkinson — Wheaton, Ill. ,  was honored at the American Association of Endodontics annual session in May. He received the Part-time Educator Award. Dr. Hawkinson has taught part-time at the University of Illinois-Chicago Dental School, Department of Endodontics, for 38 years.  
Submitted: May 29, 2014

David Jokisch — Carlinville, Ill. ,  was inducted into the ITCCCA (Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association) 2014 Hall of Fame. The award focuses on the three C's: coaching record, contributions to the sports outside of coaching, and character. He coached track and field and/or cross country at Carlinville High School from 1970 to 2001. His boys' track and field team won the Class A state championship in 1996, and his athletes over the years won 33 state medals. After retiring, Dave stayed involved as owner and operator of a track and cross country timing service. 
Submitted: May 29, 2014

Reinholt Wasemiller & Rev. Carol (Cory) 1968 — Gurnee, Ill.,  celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this year, and Carol celebrates both the 25th anniversary of ordination and retirement.  
Submitted: July 23, 2013

Jeannie Godbold — Starkville, Miss., continues to enjoy her retirement living in a university community with her husband, Stanley. They are active in the community, like to travel around the country, and enjoy their two grandsons, Samuel and Thomas. 
Submitted: October 18, 2012

Dona-Rae Bomgart — Brookfield, Wis., passed away April 12, 2012 at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital. She majored in music performance and education and went on to become a opera singer. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Neva Alberta Lura — St. Petersburg, Fla., and Wayne L. Lura celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 1, 2011. They were married July 1, 1961 at First Christian Church, Kenosha, Wia. The anniversary celebration was hosted by their children David and Janet on July 1, 2011 at Central Christian Church, St. Petersburg. 
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Dennis Leaf
Dennis Leaf

Dennis Leaf — Rockford, Ill., was a member of Carthage's first-ever conference championship cross country team in 1966. Dennis is still competing and winning long-distance running races in the Illinois/Wisconsin area. In 2011, he won his age group in the Madison Marathon, Syttende Mai 20-mile Run, Literacy Half Marathon, Fourth of July 8K, Heritage Run 10K, and Arny Johnson 10-mile Run.  
Submitted: August 12, 2011

Marilyn (Kozel) Rossomando — Glenmoore, Pa., After 40 years in the field of education teaching preschoolers and all grades through the age of 21, including both regular and special needs students, Marilyn Rossomando is taking a step back and thoroughly enjoying her new career in hospitality. She oversees the Breakfast Bar at Marriott's Fairfield Inn in Exton, Pa. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Philip C. Pratt — Friendship, Maine, retired with Karin '67 last fall.  
Submitted: January 18, 2011

Jeannie Godbold — Starkville, Miss., is honored to have a book entitled Jim and Rosalynn Carther: The Georgia Years, 1924-1974 (Oxford University Press 2010) dedicated to her by the author, her husband E. Standly Godbold, Jr. She also has two very fine kitties named Houdinin and Tommicat.  
Submitted: October 13, 2010

Janet Fink — Poplar Grove, Ill. and her business partner Belinda Roberts are pleased to announce their new website It is a website focused on bilingual/ESL students. It provides teachers of those students with free downloadable lesson plans and strategies. We invite all teachers to share their ideas on the forum. 
Submitted: June 7, 2010

Warren "Chip" Johnson — Elmhurst, Ill., retired in July 2009 after 15 years as Superintendent of Schools in Darien, Ill. He worked in Darien District #61 for 41 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendant. His wife, Donna, continues to teache English at Elmhurst College and he works as an Educational Consultant for Wight and Company (architects) on a part-time basis.  
Submitted: October 15, 2009

Peter H. Anderson — Marquette, Mich., retired from active parish ministry after 38 years of service on June 30, 2009. Pastor Andersen served as Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran, St. Charles, Ill., (1976-84); Sr. Pastor of Luther Memorial Church in Quincy, Ill., (1984-94); and Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Escanaba, Mich. (1994-2009). Pastor Andersen has served on numerous synod boards and committees and on the Board of Directors at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. He continues to sere on the Candidacy Committee of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and on the Board of Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls, Mich. His wife, Marilyn (Reuschel) Andersen '67 is also retiring after 40 years in the educational field, the last 15 in the Escanaba Public Schools. She also retires after 13 years as organist at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Escanaba. The Andersens have one son, Philip, who graduated with a B.F.A. from Northern Michigan University and lives in Marquette, Mich.  
Submitted: July 7, 2009

Kurt Phillip Kuehner — Timberville, Va., passed away May 17, 2008 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. Kurt is survived by a daughter, Sara Coe Kuehner, and a grandson, Anders Jay Kuehner, both of Green Bay, Wis. Kurt graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a master's degree in microbiology. He worked at Abbott Laboratories in Ohio and Michigan before working in the Green Bay Health Department. 
Submitted: March 10, 2009

Myrtle Parrill Darland — Waukegan, Ill., passed away Dec. 1, 2007, at the age of 96. She was very proud to have received her degree in June 1967. 
Submitted: April 17, 2008

Shirley Sandmeyer Messing — Kenosha, Wis., is active in the Antioch, Ill,) Festival Chorus and church choir, as well as, the liturgical dance troupe at All Saints Lutheran in Fox Lake, Ill. She also helps out as a volunteer for a local food pantry in Spring Grove, Ill. She belongs to a travelling kitchen band of Senior Citizens, ages 50-89 years old,in which they sing and dance to the "oldies" and participate in funny skits to help "raise the spirits" of those in nursing and retirement homes. The group also plays for Women's Clubs, Senior Centers, civic groups, and private birthday and anniversary parties.  
Submitted: April 16, 2008

Benita Myles — Lake Bluff, Ill., has retired from her teaching career. Benita remains active in her church and she also spends time at her fitness center. She traveled a lot to see her family in Arizona, Texas, and Oregon. 
Submitted: November 15, 2006

Jeannie Godbold — Greenwood, S.C., and husband Stanly have relocated after his retirement as a history professor. He continues to research and write history, Jeannie is a retired pre-school teacher and enjoys a local book group and volunteering at the Greenwood Soup Kitchen. Their daughter, Heidi, was married last May in Fairhope, Ala. 
Submitted: November 30, 2005

John Mursu — Hampshire, Ill., passed away on Jan. 5, 2005. 
Submitted: October 12, 2005

Ermina Higgins Ellingson — Melbourne, Fla., passed away Sept. 10, 2004. She graduated from Racine-Kenosha Teachers College in 1962, then taught at schools in Kenosha and Racine Counties before graduating from Carthage with a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in music. She taught at Cooper School in Burlington, Wis. from 1967 to 1975, and gave private music lessons until last year. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin Ellingson; her sister, Dorothy Jacoby; her son, James Ellingson; and a granddaughter, Lisa Foleno. She is survived by a daughter, Loretta Fox; daughter-in-law, Virgina Ellingson; son, Edward Ellingson and wife Colleen; son, Donald Ellingson and wife Kim; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Submitted: September 30, 2005

Mary Jeanine Eller — Kenosha, Wis., passed away May 24, 2005. She is survived by her sisters, Shirley (Eller) Diskerud '59, and Dorothy (Eller) Marconi '57. The family is working on establishing a scholarship fund at Carthage in her name. 
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Benita Myles — Lake Bluff, Ill., and her husband Richard are enjoying their retirement. The couple is planning a study trip with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to Cuba in December of 2003. 
Submitted: November 5, 2003

James G. Fuller — Dublin, Ohio, recently formed Chemysist, LLC to provide consultant services in the surfactant specialty of the Chemical Industry. 
Submitted: October 30, 2003

Kathleen (Tostrud) Imhoff — Lexington, Ky., has become the executive director of the Lexington Public Library. She has contributed a chapter, Public Library Joint-Use Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities, in the book <em>Joint-Use Libraries</em>, published by Haworth Press. 
Submitted: October 8, 2003

Sandra Saurmann Wrener — Park Ridge, Ill., passed away May 15. Sandra was a member of the Denhart Society. She is survived by her husband Charles.  
Submitted: September 16, 2003

James E. Larsen — Racine, Wis., passed away June 6. He is survived by wife Joan and children Christopher, Erik, Jon, Donna, and Rebecca McCormick. Mr. Larsen served in the U.S. Air Force. At the time of his death, he was a financial analyst for the Southern Wisconsin Center. His father, Edward Larsen, served as a Trustee of the College and as Chairman during the time of the move from Illinois to Wisconsin. 
Submitted: July 1, 2003

Benita Schreiber Myles — Lake Bluff, Ill., is retired and serves a volunteer tour guide with the Chicago Architectural Foundation and the Lake Forest Historical Society. 
Submitted: January 31, 2003

Gary L. Blaschke — Brookfield, Wis., will be retiring from teaching after 35 years. He taught for three years in Mundelein, Ill., and 32 years in Brookfield, where he has coached 82 different sports teams. Mr. Blaschke will continue to coach, work football and basketball games, and substitute teach. He also wants to spend more time golfing, hunting, and fishing. 
Submitted: July 3, 2002

Marilyn (Kozel) Rossomando — Glenmoore, Pa., and husband Philip celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August by taking a trip to Washington, D.C. For the past two years, she has been a head pre-K teacher at Beth Israel Preschool in Eagle, Pa.  
Submitted: June 19, 2002

Holy (Anderson) Gansz — Park Ridge, Ill., is serving as president-elect of the North Form District of the Illinois Associate Health Physical Education Recreation. She also teaches physical education in the Park Ridge-Niles District #64. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


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Roger E. Eagan & Patricia Sue (Cross) — Riverdale, IL,  has published a children's book titled "The Adventures of Angel Pup and Grandpa". It is listed by the publisher, Page Publishing, under children's books and Christian children's books. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Superbooks, and others in hard copy and e-book form. 
Submitted: March 24, 2022

Al "Sonny" Leemhuis — Freeport, IL,  has retired from a 53-year career as a high school teacher and coach in Illinois and Iowa. He spent the final 11 years at Beckman Catholic School in Dyersville, Iowa. 
Submitted: May 13, 2019

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William R. Whyte — Kansasville, WI,  is currently the Senior Vice President of Operations at Gateway Technical College. 
Submitted: April 16, 2019

Charmayne (Gerth) Horton — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  made it home from an exciting adventure to DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea). Ms. Horton is one of the few Americans to enter this country. Right now she is the only Wisconsin resident to visit both sides of the DMZ. 
Submitted: March 28, 2019

Brian Smith — Chesterfield, MO,  has been retired for 9 years from Chemical Sale. He has been married for 51 years to Bonnie (Lohrentz). 
Submitted: December 12, 2018


Dottie (Kamphausen) Bobzin — Huntley, Illinois,  met with a group of Carthage alumnae in mid-October in South Carolina. They had a wonderful time catching up with one another. Those attending were (left to right): Ellie (Engen) Holmquist '66, Sharon (Klug) Nyman '66, Dottie (Kamphausen) Bobzin '66, Connie (Schlueter) Goggin '66, Diane (Brown) Mikkelson '66, Rose (Poletto) Clancy '66, and Ginna (Langbehn) Laken '68. 
Submitted: November 27, 2017

Connie Goggin — Wauwatosa, Wisconsin,  married Patrick Goggin, the man she has been dating for nine years. She reports that life is good.  
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Roger Eagan — Seabeck, Wash.,  was recruited out of retirement to serve the residents of Kitsap County, Washington, as the consultant pharmacist for the Hospice of Kitsap County. He is responsible for evaluating and providing medication for the comfort and palliative care of terminally ill patients. 
Submitted: September 3, 2013

Frank "Bud" J. Roth & Cathy (Brauer) 1970 — Carmel, Ind.,  celebrated their 45th anniversary. They work together in Roth Consulting Group, LLC, now in its 12th year of operation. Bud recently published his first book, "Be More Productive-Slow Down." 
Submitted: May 17, 2013

Gerald Remillard — West Bend, Wis.,  Jan. 13, 2013. Gerald Remillard was a gifted designer and engineer. After working for his father at Wisconsin Trailer for many years, he started and co-owned Best Trailer Corp. in Kewaskum, Wis. Most recently, he drove medical transport for Washington County Taxi. In his free time, he enjoyed car shows, reading, traveling, playing sheepshead, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sharon; his four children, Debbie Watson, Tim, Tammy Glodowski, and Jason; sisters, Judy, Kathy, and Trice; brothers Lionel and Rick,; and nine grandchildren.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

Vincene Garderner — Houston, Texas, passed away at Houston Medical Center on Aug. 8. She was a valiant cancer survivor of ten years and had retired with her husband Charles '68 to a little horse farm on Lake Livington, north of Houston. 
Submitted: October 6, 2011

Clifford Johnson — Hurley, Wis., is enjoying retirement in northern Wisconsin with Ardyth Johnson. They are enjoying the outdoors in their ATV-4 Wheeler.  
Submitted: January 14, 2011

Stu Waller — Boyceville, Wis., is a retired school administrator. He stays in touch with the educational world by providing consulting and search services. He is employed by Neola Inc. which works with the school Boards on Policy. His wife, Ginny Church '63, keeps busy as president of the local school board and as a piano teacher.  
Submitted: February 19, 2010

Mary Bunda Johnson — Lindenhurst, Ill., has just returned from South Africa where she helped at a Children's home and Soup Kitchen.  
Submitted: January 18, 2010

Mary Ellen Johnson — Lindenhurst, Ill., has just returned from South Africa where she worked on a children's home for orphans of AIDS and a soup kitchen.  
Submitted: January 15, 2010

Roger E. Eagan — Seabeck, Wash., and wife, Sue, moved to Seabeck in April, 2009 in order to join children Susan Eagan, M.D. and Roger K. Eagan, M.D. Roger is a retired director of clinical pharmacy and Sue is semi-retired Osco pharmacy manager, currently working part time for Walgreens. Grandchildren, golf, and woodworking occupy Roger's time.  
Submitted: May 14, 2009

Robert Haasch — Appleton, Wis., retired in Feb. 2009, after more than 40 years in the audio/video industry as a store manager, buyer, and store owner. He plans on spending time visiting old friends, travelling, and pursuing his favorite hobbies of photography, music, and kayaking. 
Submitted: January 12, 2009

Dottie Kamphausen Bobzin — Clearwater, Fla., recently retired after 12 years as a high school librarian in Clearwater. She is enjoying part-time work at the local college library and is looking forward to moving back to the Chicago area in September. 
Submitted: September 26, 2007

Connie Schlueter Cohan — New Berlin, Wis., has seven grandchildren and is glad she was able to retire early because they keep her busy. Connie is also very involved with mission work at her church, and has time to travel and volunteer. Last year Connie traveled to Africa where she did some teaching, some work in a clinic, and some painting. She also worked on a team to rehabilitate and rebuild homes destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 
Submitted: December 15, 2006

Quinton Meyer — Amherst, N.Y., has retired from full-time ministry. He is now teaching earth science and biology in an inner city high school in Buffalo, N.Y.  
Submitted: February 20, 2006

Diane Schultz Solberg — LaGrange, Ill., passed away Nov. 27, 2005. Diane was a mentoring coordinator and inclusion specialist at Community Extension Project Inc. She was also very active in Faith Lutheran Church. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Meyer; son Greg; sisters Sandy Voyda and Carole Bansback; grandsons Brayden and Zachary Meyer, and nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: February 6, 2006

Gary Ritchter — Eagan, Minn., recently retired after 35 years as a food scientist, including 29 years at Novartis Medical Nutrition. 
Submitted: November 15, 2005

Sid Truckenbrod — Menomonee Falls, Wis., has retired after a 39-year career in the Menomonee Falls School District. He taught math, coached, and served as a principal and director of human resources. He has formed a company called ACT Prep Plus to offers classes to high schoolers to prepare them for the ACT college entrance test. He has three children, Kent, Brad, and Alicia, and four grandchildren.  
Submitted: September 28, 2005

Roger Minner — Danville, Pa., and wife, Phyllis '67, are retired. They moved to Danville to be closer to their daughter and her family. 
Submitted: April 26, 2005

Rose Poletto Clancy — Menomonee Falls, Wis., retired in June 2004 after working as a school social worker in the Wauwatosa School District for 25 years. 
Submitted: December 29, 2004

Kathy Eckman Bush — Alamo, Texas, lost her beloved husband, Donald, after an unexpected illness. They had been married one week short of 37 years. Her children Jennifer and Jim live near by and have been of great comfort to her. Due to his passing, Kathy had to retire from teaching at Weslaco High School after 25 years of service. 
Submitted: September 30, 2004

Dorothy Eckhardt — Dallas City, Ill., retired from elementary teaching in 1981. She is now active in Hancock County Retired Teachers and also does volunteer work. 
Submitted: November 3, 2003

Lynn Henson Mouritsen — Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and a group of Carthage alumni from 1966 and 1967 met in June at Lake Geneva for a three-day reunion. For many of them, it was the first time seeing one another since graduation. 
Submitted: September 17, 2003

Connie Schlueter Cohan — Shorewood, Wis., recently retired from a counseling position in the Shorewood public schools. She currently works part-time in retail to earn money for mission trips. She devotes much of her time to Habitat for Humanity projects and shelters for abused women and children. She enjoys playing with her five grandchildren and says life is good. 
Submitted: January 31, 2003

Barbara Jereb — Waukegan, Ill., retired from full-time teaching in 2000. Today, she serves as a part-time tutor at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School and as a part-time librarian at Abbott Middle School District #60, both in Waukegan. 
Submitted: December 6, 2002


Audrey (Vanderwalker) Mayer — Fredericksburg, TX,  celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, David, and their friends on July 13, 2018. Audrey also received her 30 year volunteer pin from the Hill Country Chapter of the American Red Cross for being an instructor trainer in Health & Safety Services & Disaster Services. 
Submitted: July 19, 2018

Isabel Rossey — Racine, WI,  celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 18 during a family dinner in her honor. She originally attended Carthage from 1934 to 1936, returning later to graduate and continue her education. 
Submitted: January 23, 2017

Al Van Maren — Harvard, Illinois ,  reports that a Mini Dons reunion was held in Florida. From left to right: Al Van Maren '65, John Kness '63, Richard Ferrera '64, Roger Hug '64, and Larry Kempf '64. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Audrey (Vanderwalker) Mayer — Fredricksburg, Texas,  was awarded the Texas Red Cross Hill Country Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award. This "Dale" award is named for the chapter's former executive director, Darletta Andreas, who died a few years ago. The award was presented Oct. 12, 2013, at the chapter's volunteer appreciation luncheon. Audrey is an instructor in CPR/First Aid/AED, as well as an instructor trainer. She is also on the Disaster Action Team and is an instructor in that area. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Marvin Huls & Shirley (Buss) 1965 — Greensburg, Penn.,  recently retired from Seton Hill University. Shirley retired as assistant professor of music. She is the founder and former director of the Westmoreland Children's Chorus, and was formerly the Director of Elementary Music at First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg. Marvin retired as associate professor of music and director of choral activities, but he continues part-time as staff accompanist and coordinator of music recruitment. He is director of music at First Lutheran Church in Greensburg and is former director of the Westmoreland Choral Society.  
Submitted: January 8, 2014

Joyce Fitzpatrick — Jacksonville, Fla.,  Dec. 7, 2012. Joyce Fitzpatrick will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and educator. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Carthage and her master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After retiring, she moved to Florida and became an active volunteer. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Mandarin Community Club, and Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert J. Fitzpatrick; her daughter, Ellen Fitzpatrick Milligan; and her sister, Joan Hartwell Crawford.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

Solveig k. Claussen — Michigan City, Ind., passed away Monday April 9, 2012. She was an avid golfer and bowler. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Don Welke — Ramona, Calif., announces that he will be recognized for his career contributions by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation at a gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 14, 2012. Don will receive the prestigious Legends in Scouting Award. Don has spent more than 40 years in pro baseball scouting and currently serves as Senior Assistant to the General Manager of the Texas Rangers. A luncheon honoring this recognition, as well as his service to the organization, was held on Dec. 1, 2011 at Ranger Stadium in Arlington, Texas which featured a video presentation of his contribution to the game. Among those who spoke were Ranger President Nolan Ryan, General Manager Jon Daniels, and Field Manager Ron Washington. Welke was a four-year baseball letterman at Carthage between 1961-65 and later coached high school and collegiate baseball and basketball prior to becoming full-time scout for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also worked for the Orioles and Dodgers prior to joining the Rangers in 2006. Don resides in Arlington and has recently signed a three-year contract extention with the Rangers.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Mary Smith — Clarksville, Ark., has passed away.  
Submitted: January 18, 2011

David Mayer — Frederickburg, Texas, received a certificate of appreciation for experise and commitment for Health and Safety, and Disaster Services from American Red Cross. Also, he recieved a 25-year service pin in October.  
Submitted: January 13, 2011

Douglas Wohn — Streetsboro, Ohio, retired from ministry through the United Church of Christ. He previously served as pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He also retired from Allstate Insurance Company as Senior Customer Reports Administrator at the Great Lakes Service Center in Hudson, Ohio. He and his wife, Marti, live outside Streetsboro. Sadly, their daughter, Heidi Ruth Wohn, passed away Oct. 10, 2006. 
Submitted: October 15, 2009

Horst Hackemer — Spring Hill, Fla., and Kathy (Lennerts) Hackemer '65 are enjoying the sport of racing pigeons in Spring Hill, home of the largest club in the U.S. Fellow Carthaginians and pigeon fanciers, Bill Welch '72 and Kathy (Kretchmer) Welch '68 live two blocks away. Horst's career as a high school administrator was cut short by an auto accient with a drunk driver in 1981. Kathy is active as accompanist for Nature Coast Festival Singers, an adult community group which performs classical music. She also accompanies the auditioned Nature Coast Children's Chorale and public school choirs. Their four children and eight grandchildren visit whenever possible to enjoy the Florida sun and warmth.  
Submitted: October 9, 2009

Audrey Vanderwalker Mayer — Fredericksburg, Texas, is an instructor trainer in CPR/AED/First Aid, along with Disaster Instructor, Shelter Trainer, and is on the Health Services Commission for American Red Cross - Hill Country Chapter. She is a member of the Disaster Action Team for Fredericksburg and is the Disaster Shelter Manager for her church, Zion Lutheran.  
Submitted: July 8, 2009

Audrey Vanderwalker Mayer — Fredericksburg, Texas, was elected to Zion Lutheran Church Council in Jan. 2006 and will work with the worship committee. She also spent Feb. 19 - 24 in Jackson, Wyo., and Yellowstone National Park.  
Submitted: April 13, 2006

Suzanne Gehm Wang — Rockford, Ill., is a nurse practitioner specializing in women's health and psychiatric care. She is currently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, counseling Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome. 
Submitted: May 9, 2005

Nancy Curtis Engstrom — Muncie, Ind., passed away Jan. 6. She was born in Milwaukee in 1944. After earning her bachelor's degree from Carthage in speech and theatre, she earned her master's degree from Ball State University. Ms. Engstrom was employed at Ball State University for the past 24 years, most recently as administrative assistant to the vice president of information technologies. She also was an integral part of the Far East International Program at that university. She was an active member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, having served as treasurer. She is survived by her husband Lee, sons Jeff Lindell '92, Scott Lindell, and two grandchildren, Braeden and Tyler Lindell. 
Submitted: February 15, 2005

Jon H. Schwerman — Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away Sept. 5, 2004. He was born in Chicago and attended Luther North High School. He excelled in football and golf and received an athletic scholarship to Carthage. Two years after graduating, he married his high school sweetheart, Judith Kehm. From 1967 to 1977, Mr. Schwerman was a sharpshooter in the Army Reserves. He was a credit manager at Quasar Electronics for 30 years, retiring in 1995. His survivors include his wife, Judith, daughter, Jennifer, son Jon II, his twin sister Joan Alles, his brother, Ron, and his grandchild, Megan Riley. 
Submitted: January 13, 2005

Audrey Vanderwalker Mayer — Houston, Texas, an educator of 19 years, retired from CyFair ISD-Lowery Elementary School in May. She and her husband David will be moving to the Texas Hill Country of Fredericksburg, Texas, where Ms. Mayer will take up a new occupation, goat ranching.  
Submitted: April 16, 2004

Maurice Stephens — Mesa, Ariz., former Choral Director at Berthoud High School, Berthoud, Colo., retired in 2001 after 43 years of a music education career. During his last year, his choir was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He was also awarded citizen of the year by the Berthoud Chamber. He and his wife Sallie have just moved from Colorado to Mesa. 
Submitted: December 8, 2003

R. Alan Kimbrough — Dayton, Ohio, is co-directing a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for 30 American teachers in Vienna, Austria, from June 13 - July 10. He is collaborating with University of Dayton colleague Dr. Richad Benedum. The group will study Mozart's German operas. 
Submitted: June 11, 2003


Robert H. Sullivan — Baileys Harbor, WI,  and wife, Rita, are enjoying retirement in Door County, WI. 
Submitted: April 16, 2019

Sally (Guthrie) Gerdes — Cave Creek, Arizona,  and husband Ronald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were united in marriage on May 29, 1966 in Princeton. Sally graduated from Princeton High School and Carthage and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. After graduating, Sally taught music at the Manlius School K-12. She also taught at Mooseheart in Batavia, Illinois, in its music department after the wedding and later accepted a position as organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles for 15 years. They are the parents of one son, Master Gunnery Sgt. Timothy Gerdes, USMC (retired), and have six grandchildren and one great-grandson.  
Submitted: June 3, 2016

Roy Carlson & Dale (Tiedemann) 1964 — Arlington Heights, Illinois,  married Dec. 5, 2015. 
Submitted: January 15, 2016

Donald Buckert — Elvaston, Ill.,  April 6, 2013. Donald Buckert’s pharmacy career began in 1966 and lasted for 35 years in the Elvaston area. He was very active in the Elvaston community, serving on the Elvaston town board from 1967 to 2003. He was a long-time active member of the Elvaston Community Church, where he served as an elder on the board of session, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was treasurer for 32 years. He coached Little League for four years. He and his wife, Alice Mae, were honored as Sports Boosters of the Year in 2005. Mr. Buckert enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby and started DoBry Apiaries as a 4-H project with his son Bryan in 1979. It soon grew into a well-known beekeeping business, producing some of the finest honey in the area. Mr. Buckert is survived by his wife, Alice Mae; daughter, Kimberly Fox of Hamilton, Ill.; son, Bryan of Hamilton; sister Deborah Kropp of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; and six grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.  
Submitted: May 6, 2013

Glenn Stello — Lewistown, Ill., passed away from bladder cancer on April 2, 2012 in Lewiston. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Rodney Randall — Naperville, Ill., and his wife, Barbara Allen, from Oregon, Ill., were jointly honored by the Naperville American Legion Post as Citizens of The Year for their past and current service to the Naperville Community. Also, in July 2011, the book, "The Gift of Wisdom: Lessons of a Lifetime," was published by author Neal Whitten. The book is based on life experiences, advice and wisdom of 25 people (including Rod) from across the United States. Rod currently serves as an advisory board member of Carthage's ScienceWorks (Entrepreneurial Studies) Program. 
Submitted: January 20, 2012

Donald A. Buckert — Elvaston, Ill., retired as Director of Pharmacy, Fort Madision Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa. It was a position he held for 34 years. He is now enjoying retirement as PRN Pharmacist and beekeeper and following athletic events of five grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Shelby Henrichs — passed away on September 4, 2011.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Thomas L. Nutt — Carthage, Ill., passed away June 25, 2011 in the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill. Tom was born Oct. 7, 1935, in Keokuk, Iowa, a son of Gerald G. "Jerry" Nutt Sr. and Elizabeth A. (McCarty) Nutt. He attended schools in Carthage and graduated from Carthage High School in 1953. After high school, he worked and attended Western Illinois University, and in 1955 he joined the United States Navy where he was trained as a "frogman" and also as a radar operator. He served abroad the USS Albany and the USS Boston, traveled to 23 countries and was both below the equator and above the Arctic Circle. After his discharge in 1959, he attended Carthage College where he received his bachelor of science in business administration. During his college years, he also served in the Naval Reserve Unit in Burlington, Iowa. On Aug. 4, 1962, he was united in marriage to Karen Ann McMaster at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Carthage. She survives him in death. Tom and Karen moved to Joliet, Ill., where he began his career in sales with Warp Brothers, a Chicago plastic manufacturer. In 1968, Warp Brothers made Tom district sales manager for a territory on the East Coast which ranged from eastern Pennsylvania to Georgia and they moved to Richmond, Va. In 1975, they moved to Locust Hill, Va., where they had a home on the Rappahannock River. They lived there until 1999 when they returned to Carthage. In 1980, Tom and Karen began their own business as manufacturers' representatives. The long relationship with Warp Brothers continued, but they now represented other factories. They sold hardware and lawn and garden supplies to wholesalers and corporate buyers for mass merchants such as Lowe's, who were located in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He was a member of several sales organizations and also served for two terms on the Associate Members Advisory Council for the National Hardware Manufacturers' Association. He retired completely in 2002. During the many years living on the water in Locust Hill, Tom was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed cruising on the Chesapeake Bay and on its tidal rivers. Tom enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Carthage Golf Club upon his return to Carthage. He has also always loved pets and has had a number of cats and dogs over the years. Surviving in addition to his wife, Karen, of Carthage are a sister, Elizabeth Ann (Bob) Schinderle of Plainfield, Ill.; brother-in-law, Jim Rogers of Fort Madison, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Cathy Rogers of Springfield, Ill.; cousins Sally (Bill) McCarty Dietrick, Jim (Annabelle) McCarty, Jack (Janice) McCarty, and Judy McCarty Boyer; nephews, David, Gary, and Brian Schinderle, Doug Nutt, and Jason, Chris, and Jack Rogers; and nieces, Soanne Nutt Leary, Mary Schinderle Duchene, Jill Nutt and Janice Nutt Beck. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jerry Nutt Jr. and Edward Nutt; as well as a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Faith Pfeiffer — Kenosha, Wis., retired from 28 years of teaching in 2006. She is the accompanist for the Chapel Choir at St. Mary's Lutheran in Kenosha, and Faith and her husband, Rod, sing in the adult choir. Faith is the president for Alpha Delta Kappa, Zeta Chapter in Kenosha and is also active in the P.E.O. sisterhood, AK Chapter. Faith and Rod have 2 sons and daughter-in-laws, and 5 grandchildren. 
Submitted: July 25, 2009

Albert J. Rother — Bishop, Ga., was recently honored by Rotary International for outstanding service and leadership to the Boy Scouts of America as a longtime volunteer.  
Submitted: February 20, 2008

Bob Sullivan — Baileys Harbor, Wis., retired from full-time ministry on July 1, 2007 and moved to Baileys Harbor with wife, Rita. He served parishes in Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Withee, Wis.; Sussex, Wis.; and Two Rivers, Wis., and finished in Seymour, Ind. 
Submitted: January 14, 2008

Faith Overdier Pfeiffer — Kenosha, Wis., retired from teaching after 28 years, ending her career at Frank Elementary School in Kenosha. Faith was a Title One resource teacher, working for principal Gordon Hess '70. Most of her career she taught special education and fourth grade.  
Submitted: November 15, 2006

Roger Hug — Long Beach, Ind., sold his real estate business in Sept. 2005 and retired. The 145-agent firm, Re/Max Team 2000, was the number one real estate company in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and the third largest Re/Max network in Northern Illinois. The firm was founded in 1977 and had two offices in Orland Park, Ill. and one in Palos Heights, Ill.  
Submitted: June 6, 2006

Carl Dahlquist — Painesville, Ohio, passed away Oct. 7, 2005. Carl spent 23 years working in the insurance field then started his own rental business in Stevens Point, Wis. until he retired in 2000. He is survived by his wife Catherine (Engelhardt) Dahlquist '63, and their children Christina (George) Lunka, Eric (Carla), Cathy (Jeff) Hatch and five grandchildren.  
Submitted: January 19, 2006

Doug Bybee — Springfield, Ill., has retired after 40 years in the computer business. He is the author of two books; Yanks Avatar and Unauthorized Autobiography of Jake the Inflatable Dog. He also writes a newspaper column. 
Submitted: September 28, 2005

Darrel Hollinger — Lake Saint Louis, Mo., took an early retirement from Contel/GTE/Verizon and now is a business coach/consultant with He is also a realtor with Prudential Alliance. Darrel and his wife Patt have two daughters, three sons, and one granddaughter.  
Submitted: June 28, 2005

Robert Sullivan — Seymour, Ind., is serving as pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the rolling hills of southern Indiana where he has lived for six years. He chairs the Indiana-Kentucky Synod's Academy for Mission. In April, a new grandaughter was added to the family, which makes for a total of 11 grandchildren. He and his wife, Rita, plan to retire to Door County, Wis., in a year or two.  
Submitted: June 7, 2005

Kathryn H. Riley — Keokuk, Iowa, passed away Sept. 3. She was born in Farber, Mo., in 1910. She was a teacher at a number of schools and later served as principal at an elementary school in Alexandria, Mo. While still a full time teacher, she attended night classes at Carthage, when it still was located in Carthage, Ill., in order to obtain her bachelor's degree. More important than the subjects she taught, Ms. Riley is remembered for guiding her students to develop their sense of personal worth and self-esteem. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Riley. Her survivors include her two sons, Don and Richard, and their spouses; and four grandchildren and their families. 
Submitted: September 30, 2004

Erva E. Merow — Kenosha, Wis., former special education teacher, retired after 29 years of work. She was a missionary to Africa in 1987 and 1992, Bolivia in 1993 and Israel in 1997. Erva has been awarded the Local Easter Seal award as well as the State Easter Seal award. 
Submitted: November 13, 2003

Rev. Sullivan — Seymour, Ind., and wife Rita, have two new grandchildren. Pastor Sullivan has been involved in the Via de Cristo movement, began a "discovering your spiritual gifts" emphasis in his congregation, and chaired the Indiana-Kentucky Synod's Academy for Mission. 
Submitted: April 14, 2003

Carolyn Benanti — Springfield, Ill., retired April 30, 2002 from the Illinois Department of Corrections, where she worked as an educator. She spent 20 years in the Illinois state government. 
Submitted: April 14, 2003

Emmarie Wilkens — Fort Madison, Iowa, recently passed away. 
Submitted: January 17, 2003

Kenneth G. McNutt — Hannibal, Mo., received a post-doctoral grant that allowed him to study British literature at the University of Cambridge, England, during the summer of 2002. 
Submitted: December 26, 2002


Sandra R Britton — Phoenix, AZ,  Reverend Sandra "Sandi" Britton -- (Class of 1963) announces her retirement from ordained ministry. She served the Minnesota and Southwest Conferences of the United Church of Christ for 32 years. She was a board certified chaplain who focused primarily on chaplaincy with a subspecialty in addiction recovery. She was called to be a chaplain at what is now known as the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. 
Submitted: March 12, 2021


Jack Blaydes — Florence, AZ,  has been meeting with this group of Carthage, Illinois grads since the late '60s for comradeship and remembering the "fun times" while at the Illinois Campus. Most of the group included teammates on either the football or baseball teams from 1958 to 1962. They have enjoyed being able to say that their friendship born at Carthage is one of many that can last a lifetime. Left to right in photo: Front row: Earl "Bud" Wolf '62, Mike Taylor '60, Bob Halsey '62, Doug Donoho '62, and Bob Vietmeier '63. Back row: Denny Carr '62, Bob "Red" Reimers '61, Tom Finn '62, Jack Blaydes '63, and Wendell Olson '60. Many more have joined them throughout the years. 
Submitted: March 16, 2018


Yvonne (Pfabe) Juhl — St. Louis, MO,  went on a cruise on the Danube River in July 2017. Yvonne and her husband Bill had planned it together, but after his passing in August 2016, she decided she would go on their planned trip. The cruise included a three-day stop in Apatin, Serbia, where her maternal grandfather was born in 1891. She was able to meet two of her fifth cousins who have ancestral roots in that town also. 
Submitted: January 23, 2018


Jim Unglaube — Minneapolis,  participated in an escape room adventure along with members of the Carthage College Advancement Team. The winning team had four alumni on it (from left to right): Jim Unglaube '63, Jeff Tamraz, Mardell Fisher '17, Theresa Kevorkian, Elaine Walton '79 and Jane (Anderson) Spencer '80. 
Submitted: November 7, 2017

Carole Laffzy — West Point, Illinois,  writes that another landmark from the Illinois campus, the field house, was demolished recently. She added that the theatre building has been restored and is used for community events. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Rosemary Eicken Jenkins — Loraine, Ill., Dec. 2, 2012. Rosemary was a longtime teacher who did graduate work at Western Illinois University.. She is survived by a son, Gerald of Loraine; a daughter, Sharon Moore of Memphis, Mo.; two grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, and two brothers, Arthur and Eldon. 
Submitted: December 20, 2012

Geraldine Porter — Herrin, Ill., passed away April 26, 2012. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Glenn W. Buchert — Toulun, Ill., passed away at the age of 69 surrounded by his wife and family. He was born Nov. 15, 1941 to Glen and Ruth. On June 26, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Hall. He began teaching at Toulon High School after graduating Carthage. His dream was to be in education for 50 years. He taught all science courses and recieved a Master of Science in education and in guidance counseling from Bradley University whie teaching at Toulon High School(now Stark County High School). In 1991, he became a guidance counselor and advised many classes, as well as the National Honor Society and Stark Country Student Council. He had to retire after about 47 years because of a stroke and cancer. He was known as "Mr. B" to his students and most members of the community. He was deeply encouraging and motivating both in academics and in pushing students to get involved and become leaders. He suffered a brain stem stroke in Nov. 2009 and spent months with Nancy in rehabilitation.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Carole Laffey — West Point, Ill., is looking foward to her retirement in May 2011 after 20 years with Southeastern School District in Bowen, Ill.  
Submitted: January 13, 2011

Yvonne Pfabe Juhl — St. Louis, Mo., and her husband Bill traveled in May 2010 to Russia with The Messiah Project, a non-profit organization in Springfield, Mo, whose mission is to produce visual, dramatic, and musical productions celebrating a Jewish-Christian heritage. She was part of a choir that sang Handel's oratorio "The Messiah" in concerts in St. Petersburg, Veliky, Novgorod, and Moscow. It was the first time that "The Messiah" had been sung in the State Kremlin Palace.  
Submitted: October 11, 2010

Sandra R. (Clark) Britton — Scottsdale, Ariz., was awarded Board Certification in Chaplaincy by the Association of Progessional Chaplains, a recognition of excellence in achievement in the field. Sandi serves as staff chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  
Submitted: January 18, 2010

Bruce Sandelin — Argyle, Texas, is coming out of retirement to have some fun helping people reach their dream as an Edward Jones Financial Advisor.  
Submitted: October 9, 2009

Robert Muschewske — Saint Paul, Minn., and Scott Muschewske '92 will serve as Co-Chairs of the 1,800 person Marchal Committee for the 2009 PGA Championship to be held at Hazeltine National Golf Course Aug. 10-16, 2009. Both are long-term members of Hazeltine and Bob served as President of the Club during 2003-2004. Scott is a two-time Club Champion. 
Submitted: July 8, 2009

Yvonne Pfabe Juhl — St. Louis, toured England and Wales as a non-student singer in the Missouri Baptist University choir. She and her husband, Bill, then spent an extra week in Scotland. The choir performed five concerts, including ones in Bath Abbey, Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, and St. Bride's Church in London. In 2007, she sang Brahms' German Requiem (in German, of course) with the choir. 
Submitted: June 4, 2008

Kirk Thompson — West Branch, Iowa, retired from ACT, Iowa City, Iowa, after 15 years of employment. 
Submitted: May 6, 2008

David G. Nielsen — Racine, Wis., passed away May 25, 2006. He was a Racine native, and was employed by S. C. Johnson for 33 years as a research scientist. He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Racine; a son, Mark, of Racine; a daughter, Jill Hoffman, of Racine; a stepdaughter, Kaarin Johnson, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a sister, Susan Chelbos, of Racine.  
Submitted: September 26, 2007

Carolyn Wolf — Wichita, Kan., passed away peacefully on Sept. 30, 2006, due to complications from cancer. She was secretary to Carthage football coach and athletic director Art Keller from 1968 to 1973. She is survived by her husband, Earl '62. They had three children, Scott and wife Debbie, Wendy, and Christopher, and grandchildren Jordan, Stephanie, Cassandra, Haley, Alyssa, and McKenna.  
Submitted: November 27, 2006

Yvonne Pfabe Juhl — St. Louis, Mo., and her husband, William, recently attended his Montrose, Iowa high school reunion. Also attending was another alumna from his class, Carolyn (Vermazen) Eigenfeld '65 and her husband Robert Eigenfeld '62. 
Submitted: June 27, 2006

Robert E. Schacht — Pekin, Ill., passed away Dec. 24, 2005. He was a retired Lutheran minister, who received a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1971 and was pastor at parishes in Hartsburg, Ill., Mount Carmel, Ill., Stronghurst, Ill., and Bartlett, Ill. He also worked in mission development in Canton, Mich., and served Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wis. He was involved in mentoring Navajo children through Futures for Children. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; a son, Jeffrey E.; two daughters, Cynbthia R. Jepsen and Susan B. Rosheim; a brother, Kenneth; and five grandchildren.  
Submitted: January 10, 2006

Lee Dubs — Cuenca, Ecuador, and wife, Carol (Keller) '67, are both retired and living in Ecuador.  
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Robert A. Marks — Kenosha, Wis., passed away June 1, 2005. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his master's from Carthage. In 1964, he started his teaching career at Aptakisic-Tripp in Buffalo Grove, Ill., for four years. He then was an English teacher in Waukegan, Ill., until retirement in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, son, Earl, and daughter, Ginny. 
Submitted: June 8, 2005

Jack Blaydes — Roberts, Wis., is closing in on retirement after working in the food industry for 42 years. He and his wife of 44 years, Judy, are looking forward to having time to visit old friends from Carthage and spending more time with their grandchildren, Tanner, 8 and Noah, 6.  
Submitted: December 29, 2004

Diane Lorenz Hall — Eldridge, Iowa, is an administrative secretary for Scott County Library System and will soon retire. 
Submitted: June 20, 2003

Robert Muschewske — Chaska, Minn., was recently elected president of the Board of Governors of Hazeltine National Golf Club. Hazeltine hosted the 2002 PGA Championship and will host the 2006 U.S. Amateur Tournament, the 2009 PGA Championship, and the 2016 Ryder Cup. 
Submitted: February 19, 2003

James E. Sloan — Mims, Fla., retired from the Boeing Company in March 2002. He worked on the Space Shuttle Payload Processing Contract with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center from 1963-2002. 
Submitted: January 31, 2003


Susan (Leonard) Fulrath Quiltblock "Sermon On The Barn" 80th Birthday March 2020
Susan (Leonard) Fulrath Quiltblock "Sermon On The Barn" 80th Birthday March 2020

Susan (Leonard) Fulrath — Winnebago, IL,  Susan (Leonard) Fulrath Carthaginian Alumni Spring/Summer 2020 These Past Few Years, Susan (Leonard) Fulrath, Class Of 1962, Increasingly Has Enjoyed Her Volunteer Involvements Related To Several Favorite Avocations Both At Home On Her Farm & Also In Her Winnebago, Illinois Community. In 2017, Susan Supported The Founding Of The Winnebago Community Historical Society As A Charter Member, And Then Leveraged That Same Spirit To Invest In the Restoration Of Her Own Historic Midwestern Barn, Built Circa 1880. Then In 2018, Susan Assisted With Artifact Curation For The 150th Anniversary Celebration Of Her Childhood And Current Church Home, Winnebago First Presbyterian, Sitting Prior To The Event For A Photo With Her Eldest Son Andrew (See Photo 1 With 1st Online Submission) That Appears In The Concordant Church Directory. And In 2019, Susan Received Two Certifications Related To Her Natural World Advocacy, Including Being Named A Master Gardener With The University Of Illinois Extension Office, And Having A Five Acre Parcel Of The Farm Certified As An Illinois Audubon Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary. Finally, For Susan’s 80th Birthday In March 2020, This Artisan Commissioned (See Photo 2 With 2nd Online Submission) Quilt Block Has Been Lovingly Painted & Permanently Mounted By The Roadside As A Sermon On The Barn, With A Fulsome Interpretive Explanation Of Its Worshipful Supplication Available In Writing By Sending A First-Class Stamped, Self-Addressed Envelope To “Sermon On The Barn”, PO Box 153, Winnebago IL, 61088-0153. (Copy Below For Editor To Reference If Published In Addendum.) [And For Information On Barn Quilt Creation See Barn Quilts Of Bureau County On Facebook Or Email BarnQuiltsOfBureauCounty@Gmail.Com.] Barn QUILT Block SYMBOLISM Synopsis Both The Larger Structure & Central Focus Of The Quiltblock Geometry Is Layered To Reflect The Trinity, Or The Triune Godhead. This Includes The North Star Symbol At The Center As God The Father, Or True North, Placed Just Inside A Stylized Cross Representing Salvation Through Christ Jesus, And Surrounded Entirely By A Diamond Border As The Power Of The Holy Spirit Sustaining This Greatest Of All Mysteries. The Four Corners Of The Diamond Border Represent The Four Points On The Compass, Where Each Of The Featured Symbols Carries A Very Special Message, Respectively. The Heart, To The North, Made Up Of Sixteen Red Blocks Over a Pink Silhouette, Is A Tribute To The Sixteen Most Beloved Members Of Sue's Immediate Family, Both Here & Beyond. And, The Friendship Basket, To The South, Made Up Of Numerous Green & Pink Triangles, Is A Tribute To Her Many Nearest & Dearest Friends, In Whose Lives She Has Shared & Cared. The Stylized American Flag, To The East, Made Up Of Traditional Shapes & Colors, Is A Reminder Of How Each Of Us Represents The Character Of Our Country, For Naught Or For Good, Whether We Fix Our Gaze Easterly Toward Temporal Washington, Or Toward Our Eternal Creator As Symbolized In The Sunrise. And, The Cock Crowing, To The West, Made Up Of Bright Orange & Blue Hues, Is A Playful Celebration Of Sue's 5th Generation Family Farm & Its Heritage, Culminating In This Roadside Quilt Block Mounting On The Fully-Refurbished Barn, Originally Built Circa 1880. Just As Importantly, Each Major Element Of The Quilt Block Is Imbued With A Greater Or Lesser Degree Of Shining Golden Light, That Both Exudes & Connects The Centrality Of Love As The Greatest Of All These, Including God's Perfect Love At The Heart, And How It Endows Love Of Family, Love Of Friends, Love Of Country, & Love Of Homestead. Additionally, The Dynamic Geometry Of The North Star Elements Contain Three Distinct Colors, Not Only Reflecting The Triune God As The Source Of All, But As An Explicit Recognition Of God's Omniscience In Silver, God's Omnipresence In Purple, & God's Omnipotence In Gold. Finally, From A More Time Bound Perspective, The Eighty Smaller Triangles, Crosshatched In Silver & Purple Colors, With Just A Hint Of Gold At The Corners, Represent Sue's Eighty Years Of Life, Implying Both Wisdom & Regality, As Both Matriarch & Queen Of Her Uniquely Midwestern & Faith-Centered Life Story. Ultimately, All Of This Is Touched In One Way Or Another By Cloudless Blue Sky Motifs That Remind Us All, And Especially Passers By, To Consider Our Humble Place In This Endlessly Blessed & Exceptionally Beautiful World, Loved Unconditionally By God--Whomever We Are; However We Are; Wherever We Are--Always & Forever, One Might Even Call It "The Sermon On The Barn"--Amen & Amen. 
Submitted: March 1, 2020

Kathy Palmen '62 and Lee Maaske Frey are pictured in front of Iolani Palace in Honolulu.
Kathy Palmen '62 and Lee Maaske Frey are pictured in front of Iolani Palace in Honolulu.

Kathy Palmen — Kenosha,  and Lee Maaske Frey vacationed in Hawaii. They are the grandmothers of Jack Palmen '16 and Lucas Maaske '19. 
Submitted: February 23, 2016

Judith Andrews — Gardnerville, Nevada,  reports that, though enjoying retirement, she continues her involvement with the California Business Education Association. She is the representative for the CBEA retirees. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Judith (DeLapp) Andrews — Gardnerville, Nev.,  received the Honorary Life Member Certificate of Appreciation from the California Business Education Association (CBEA) in November 2013. She continues as the appointed representative for retired CBEA members. She is also an active participant of Carson Valley, Nev., Crystal Angels, who donate each year to Douglas County, Nev., children. 
Submitted: April 1, 2014

James McNamara — Santa Ana, Calif.,  Dec. 17, 2012. Jim McNamara’s 24 years of military service started at age 16 when he joined the U.S. Army to serve his country and support his family. He fought in the Korean War and eventually retired as a major. He was honored with the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars. While serving his country and raising his family, he attended classes and ultimately graduated from Carthage in 1962 with a degree in business administration. After retiring from the Army in 1963, he moved with his family to Garden Grove, Calif., where he became a loan officer at Union Bank in Orange, Calif., for eight years. In 1971, he went to work for The William Lyon company as chief financial officer and eventually retired as the company’s senior vice president. Retirement didn't last long. He soon became involved in multiple charitable organizations including City of Hope, Boy Scouts of America, and Orangewood Children's Foundation, where he was privileged to serve for 30 years on the Board of Directors. He was the loving husband of Oralee; father to Carol, Dianne, Jim, Janeen, and Cindy; grandfather to Crista, Stacy, Matthew, Rusty, Todd, Amanda, Evan and Kelsey; and great-grandfather to 10 children.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

Bob Austin — Palatine Township, Ill., operates SPA Consulting and SIMG Insurance MGA, with three partners located in Columbia, Ill., Des Moines, Iowa, and Osseo, Minn. Both companies are "virtual," allowing him to work from anywhere he and his wife, Susan, travel, which includes part of the winters at their condo on Hilton Head. The Austins' three children, their spouses and 10 grandchildren (ranging from 1 to 17) live in the Chicago area. In addition to work and attending his grandchildren's functions, Bob reports he works out 5-6 mornings a week with the "young" crew at 5 a.m. Peter Greenlimb '65 is one of the few older guys who work out at 5 a.m., and loves to introduce Bob as one of his professors at Carthage. 
Submitted: April 23, 2013

Judith Andrews — Gardnerville, Nev., although retired, continues to teach an online class for Feather River College. The California Business Education Association has group representatives, and she is the rep for the retirees called the CBEAR.  
Submitted: January 3, 2013

Roger Reuschel — Bowen, Ill., retired after 40 years at Southeastern High School teaching math and driving a school bus. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids  
Submitted: July 11, 2012

Bob Austin — Palatine Township, Ill., operates SPA Consulting, SIMG, and Insurance MGA, with three partners located in Columbia, Ill., Des Moines, Iowa, and Osseo, Minn.  
Submitted: March 11, 2012

Barbara Ann Allen — Manhattan, Kan., died on Feb. 6, 2011 at Mercy Regional Health Center. The daughter of Rev. Roswell Ehme and Else Marie Andersen Aden, she married Paul Joseph Allen III on June 17, 1972. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1994. She graduated valedictorian from Medford High School and attended Carthage College where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music. She later received a master's in religon from Yale University Divinity School and there she first met Joseph. She worked in Christian education and became pastor at Martinson Avenue Chirstiain Church. In 1993, the couple adopted Carlos, a teenage Honduran native. Rev. Barabara became the first woman to serve as an area minister in the denomination when she was called as the Northeast Area Minister of the Christian Church. When her health failed, she joined son Paul IV and family in Farmville N.C., where she served as an elder of First Christian Church and hospice volunteer. Survivors include two sons, Rev. Paul J. Allen IV and Carlos Sierra Alen, her mother, Mrs. Else Maria Aden, brother Rev. Dr. Ross E Aden, sister Cheryl Aden and five grandchildren.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Judith Andrews — Gardnerville, Nev., retired from Feather River College on June 1, 2011, after 19 years as a full-time instructor and professor. She and her husband, Ken, live in Gardnerville. 
Submitted: October 10, 2011

Judith Andrews — Quincy, Calif., continues to teach online and face-to-face classes at Feather River College as a full-time faculty member and coordinator of the Administrative Office Management Program.  
Submitted: October 6, 2008

Ann Mullins Tindall — Largo, Fla., is retired from teaching high school physical education in Peoria, Ill. She is enjoying volunteer work at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, church choirs, genealogy research, and golf. She is the president of Ware Family Association, and she writes articles for the Roots and Branches newsletter. 
Submitted: April 15, 2008

Janet Lausch Nagl — Denver, Colo., continues to travel with husband, Mike, whenever possible. They spend every March in sunny Arizona and have been able to hear the Carthage Choir on two different occasions. Janet's best friend, Diane (Hoyt) Piehl '62, lives in Goodyear, Ariz. The two still enjoy their many memories while in Arizona. 
Submitted: April 15, 2008

Patricia Molter Thurber — Lake in the Hills, Ill., passed away Oct. 30, 2006 at Northwest Community Hospital. After receiving her master's degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin in 1966, Pat worked for the Chicago Public Library and Gail Borden Library in Elgin, Ill. she was a member of the American Sewing Guild. Survivors include her husband William; three children, Sarah Thurber-Fiorenza, of Rockford, Ill., Douglas, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and John, of Batavia, Ill.; brothers Mike, Johnny and Jimmy; sister Marie Thomas; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: December 13, 2006

Dennis Beattie — Racine, Wis., was a full-time student at the Illinois campus, from 1958 to 1961. His official graduation was in 1970 after years of night classes at the Kenosha campus. He retired in 1996 as a management employee of AT&T, where he spent 30 years with the Business Marketing National Account Division in Chicago. He and his wife Emily have four children and 10 grandchildren. 
Submitted: September 8, 2006

Wally Kilgus — Morrison, Ill., published his first children's book, "Emma and the Wild Boar." The idea came from a trip to Germany where he and wife Joann (Boatman) Kilgus '63, bought a small stuffed wild boar for their granddaughter.  
Submitted: September 8, 2006

Robert G. Swanson — Johnstown, Pa., will be retiring as senior pastor of First Lutheran Church in Johnstown after more than 40 years of service. 
Submitted: August 23, 2006

Howard Reblitz — Vienna, Va., wife, Pat (Long) '62, and Barbara (Jones) Stuart '62, posed on Red Square in Moscow as Glenn Stuart recorded the moment. The foursome traveled last fall from Moscow to St. Petersburg on a cruise along the waterways of Russia. 
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Wiliam Sapp — Ashland City, Tenn., retired in Oct. 2004 after 30 years as principal at Cheatham County School District. 
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Judith Andrews — Quincy, Calif., continues his tenure as a professor of the Office Career and Technology Program at Feather River College in Quincy. 
Submitted: January 13, 2005

Bob Halsey — Alma, Wis., retired in 1996 after 34 years as a teacher and coach at Hartford Union High School. He taught business education and coached the football, basketball, and softball teams. In 1992, he led the girls basketball team to the Wisconsin State High School Girls Basketball Championship. In 1997, he moved from Hartford to Alma and now lives in a newly constructed log cabin located in the beautiful hills of Buffalo County. In 2000, Mr. Halsey was elected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame. Bob and his wife Carol have been married for 45 years. 
Submitted: June 24, 2004

Melvin Hesbol — Palm Bay, Fla., was re-elected to the board of directors of his condominium for the sixth consecutive year and president of the association for the second consecutive year at the group's annual meeting in January. 
Submitted: January 29, 2004

Jim Nelson — Lilburn, Ga., has retired as vice president of Alcam Cable, Division of Alcam Aluminum, LTD. His wife, Carol, is a substitute teacher at Lowinnett Coounty Schools. Their son, David, is married and has a son, J.T., who is 6 months. David is currently a teacher and football coach at Brookwood High School in Sneilville, Ga. David's brother Michael is an M.D. in Cincinnati and he is married and has two sons Luke, 3, and Eli, 1. Jim and Carol's son Daniel is the distribution manager at Armor Packaging in Lawrenceville, Ga. 
Submitted: November 3, 2003

Rev. I. Mehan — Hudson, Fla., passed away March 27. He graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1966. Pastor Mehan served congregations in Michigan and Indiana. He is survived by wife Joyce and children Thomas, Pamela, Kimberly, and Amy. 
Submitted: July 3, 2003

Rev. Nyman — Stillwater, Minn., retired after spending more than 32 years serving his ministry at Christ Lutheran Church in Marine on St. Croix, Minn. He recently served as interim administrative pastor at Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, N.D. He and his wife, Linda, enjoy traveling. 
Submitted: June 27, 2003

Janice Henningsen — Rockford, Ill., retired last year after serving 37 years in the Rockford School District. She currently is working half-time as a counselor at Roosevelt Alternative High School. She enjoyed attending her 40th class reunion at Carthage last autumn and was impressed by the new buildings on campus. 
Submitted: February 18, 2003

Melvin Hesbol — Palm Bay, Fla., was elected president of the Condominium Country Gardens II in Palm Bay during the organization's annual meeting in January. 
Submitted: February 17, 2003

E. James Douglas — Quincy, Ill., retired from the Illinois State Lottery on Dec. 31, 2002. He will substitute teach and coach high school baseball. 
Submitted: December 9, 2002

Barbara Jones Stuart — Midland, Mich., attended the 40th reunion of the Class of 1962, which she describes as a great success. The group shared many memories of the old campus: dorm life, classes, professors, and numerous friends. Those who attended agreed to meet again in five years. 
Submitted: December 5, 2002

Carol Ann (Malheim) Bunde — Van Etten, N.Y., passed away Feb. 7, 2002. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, the Rev. Jack F. Bunde, and daughters Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Linda Bunde-Stafford. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002

Erva (Loomis) Merow — Kenosha, Wis., continues to work as a published freelance writer. She also is a mission volunteer, having traveled to Bolivia, Israel, and countries throughout Africa.  
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Judith Ann (Reed) Kese — Santa Rosa, CA,  reports that she left Venezuela 4 1/2 years ago after living there for nearly 56 years and looks forward to any class news from fellow Carthaginians. 
Submitted: March 29, 2022

Donald Piehl — New London, NC,  travels all over the world with his wife, Ann. But their cruise to the Galapagos was one of their favorites. Their grandchildren are in college and will be visiting their daughter's family in Norway for Christmas. They are still golfing and playing tennis. 
Submitted: December 13, 2018

Judith (Reed) Kese — Santa Rosa, CA,  is still getting used to living in the States after leaving the Caracas, Venezuela after 56 years. But she is so thankful is be "home" again. 
Submitted: December 13, 2018

Donald Piehl — New London, North Carolina,  and his wife, Ann, again visited China, where their daughter Jennifer and family live and teach. In addition to Beijing, they went to a panda research center and the Li River, and took a cruise on the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges Dam. Next year they plan to go to Norway. Their son, Dr. Mark Piehl, started a free medical and dental clinic in Durham, North Carolina several years ago. They serve over 3,000 people in the area. He was the original medical director and serves as chairman of the board, all in a volunteer capacity.  
Submitted: March 3, 2015

Bob Reimers — Palm Desert, California,  attended the 20-year anniversary of the "Old Timers" group, all of whom attended the "old but great" campus. The anniversary was held at the Coachman's Golf Resort in Stoughton, Wisconsin, in May 2014. Bob Reimers '61 wrote that many memories were discussed, and all decided "if it hadn't been for the education we received at Carthage, we would not have been as successful in the coaching/business field." He added that the classes of 1960, '61, and '62 have remained close friends all of these years. For two decades, the Old Timers have traveled from five different states every year to be together. Photo: Bob "Red" Reimers '61/Bud Wolf '62/Mike Taylor '60/Bob Halsey '62/ Jack Blaydes '63/ Doug Donoho '63/Wendell Olson '60/Denny Carr '62/Bob Vietmeier '63 
Submitted: October 14, 2014

Royce Derks — Frankfort, Ill.,  April 8, 2013. Royce Derks graduated from Carthage High School in 1933 and then “rode the rails” to the state of Washington, where he picked apples and worked on the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. After returning to Illinois, he completed two years at Carthage College and began teaching in rural one-room schools outside of Warsaw, Ill. He went on to teach and coach at Plymouth (Ill.) High School while doing carpentry work in the summers, eventually becoming a full-time general contractor. He returned to education as a principal and teacher at Ferris (Ill.) Elementary School in 1956 before completing his bachelor’s degree at Carthage and master’s degree at Western Illinois University. He retired as director of equal educational opportunity for the Illinois Office of Education. His wife, Lysbeth, preceded him in death.  
Submitted: May 6, 2013

Donald Piehl — New London, N.C., and his wife. Ann, spent last January in Beijing, with their daughter's family, where they are teaching at the Western Academy of Beijing. They also went to the ice festival in Harbin, which had a temperature range of -40 to 4 degrees. This year, they are returning to Indonesia, where they lived for four years, then will meet their daughter's family in Bali for Christmas.  
Submitted: December 21, 2012

Peter Julius Seaberg — Annandale, Minn., passed away on Aug. 22, 2012. He was a 1965 graduate of Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, and served as ELCA pastor in Minnesota for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Judith; four sons, Eric, of Baltimore, Craig, of Bloomington, Minn.; Michael, of Dassel, Minn., and Dan of Annadale; and 11 grandchildren.. 
Submitted: October 23, 2012

Jon Peterson — Ellison Bay, Wis., retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after 17 years as a natural resources officer assigned to Newport State Park. Jon also resigned from the Door County Sheriff's Department after 16 years as a special deputy part-time. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Ralph R. Welsh — Lutherville, Md. announces the passing of his wife, Emilie Welsh, Oct. 14, 2010. They were married 49 years.  
Submitted: January 14, 2011

Keith Moen — Phelan, Calif., passed away Nov. 16, 2008. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served as an interpreter-interrogator, then was a sales representative for several companies, including GTE. He is survived by three children, Jeff, of Phelan, Vicki, of Colton, Calif., and Melanie Ponte, of Chino, Calif.; and his brother, Charles Moen '51, of Freeport, Ill.  
Submitted: January 13, 2009

LaVerna Herbert — Florence, Ore., passed away Nov. 2, 2007. She was born Oct. 9, 1939 in Chicago. She was a retired teacher who earned a master's degree from Oregon State University. She is survived by her husband, Michael; a daughter, Lara Ellis, of Luray, Va., and a brother, Donald Secker, of Detroit.  
Submitted: December 4, 2007

James L. Saladino — Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, formerly of Springfield, Ill., died at age 68 May 24, 2007. 
Submitted: July 10, 2007

Donald H. Piehl — New London, N.C., is on the board of directors of the Community in Schools program for Montgomery County, N.C. and a fellow of the North Carolina Science and Math Center at Duke University, supporting science teachers in the state. He also gives talks on global warming and nanotechnology. 
Submitted: January 8, 2007

Meta Church Walton — Franklin, N.C., and her husband Dan now live in the mountains, just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Friends who would enjoy a mountain retreat vacation are invited to be their houseguests while passing through the area.  
Submitted: April 20, 2006

Rev. Conter — Anchorage, Alaska, and wife Janeene (Tambert) '61, are retiring and moved to Alaska in July 2005. Ted has been a Lutheran pastor for 40 years, the last 36 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Long Beach, Calif. Janeene retired after 40 years as a registered nurse and 30 years as the Director of Music at Gloria Dei. They will join their children, Andrea and Mark, who both live in Anchorage. 
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Charles Carlin — Northfield, Minn., officially retired from teaching at Carleton College in June 2004, but was asked to teach half-time this year. As of June 2005, he has finally retired.  
Submitted: June 7, 2005

Sandra Schiemann Romero — Chicago, Ill., passed away April 3. She is survived by daughter Christina. 
Submitted: July 3, 2003

Donald R. Maaske — Warrenville, Ill., passed away in 2003. He is survived by wife Lee (Paton) Maaske '62, and children Michael, David, and Marissa. Mr. Maaske earned a master's degree at Northern Illinois University. He taught and coached at Proviso Easi High School in Maywood, Ill. 
Submitted: July 3, 2003

Rev. Anhalt — Nokomis, Ill., passed away June 8. Pastor Anhalt is survived by wife Nancy and children Joy, Philip, and Jason. At the time of his death, he was serving St. Mark and Mount Zion Lutheran Churches in Nokomis.  
Submitted: July 1, 2003

William E. Aulwes — Racine, Wis., passed away April 1. He worked in the Carthage Business Office from 1961 to 1988. He is survived by wife Lois, son Tim '84 (wife Carol Runge '93), son Randy '87, and daughter Tanya '82 (husband Robert '82) Tuszynski. 
Submitted: April 28, 2003

Marianne Reed Parker — Marietta, Ga., passed away Jan. 28, 1999. Her husband, James Parker, passed away Jan. 17, 2003 in Tucson, Ariz. 
Submitted: February 17, 2003

Judy Kottra — Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Nov. 29, 2002. She is survived by husband Peter '61; son Pete (wife Jeannie) Kottra of Ankeny, Iowa; daughters, Susan Kottra of Lockport, Ill. and Christine (husband Christopher) Kissel of Plainfield, Ill.; and nine grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 15, 2003

Donald H. Piehl — New London, N.C., and wife, Ann, moved to Uwharrie Point at beautiful Badin Lake overlooking the Uwharrie National Forest, which has the oldest mountains in North America. The golf course there is rated second best in the state. Don is president of his Kiwanis Club. The couple loves traveling and their four wonderful grandchildren. 
Submitted: December 26, 2002

Judith (Reed) Kese — Miami, Fla., continues to serve as director of finances for the Childrens Service League (Sudiedad de Ayuda a la Infancia), a fundraising organization benefiting the children of Venezuela. She also directs a ladies barbershop chorus. Husband Andres, 61, is CEO of a flexopacking company and continues to shrug off retirement. He enjoys golf and tries to play as often as possible.  
Submitted: December 23, 2002


John George & Nancy (Dorner) 1960 — Battlecreek, MI,  celebrated their 60th anniversary at Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel where they also celebrated their honeymoon. They met at Carthage College and are both now retired teachers from Hammond public schools. 
Submitted: November 7, 2019

Wendell Olson — Henderson, NV,  provided an update on “another great gathering” of the Carthage Old Timers — this time in Shelbyville, Illinois. The tradition began in 1993, and Wendell noted that 10 of the remaining 12 friends attended this year. They shared memories and pictures from the old campus and played plenty of golf.  
Submitted: October 6, 2016

Tau Sigma Chi 60th Reunion photo — Carthage College,  Tau Sigma Chi 60th Reunion photo - October 12, 2013 
Submitted: January 13, 2014

Jon D Swift — Wisconsin Dells, Wis., passed away at the age 74 of lung cancer April 15, 2012. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

John George — Hammond, Ind., retired from teaching in Hammond Public Schools. Her husband, John, will be indicted into the Hammond sports hall of fame on March 13, 2012. He coached football, basketball and track for 16 years 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Donald Lemke — Monroe Falls, Ohio, was one of four to recieve The District Governors "Everyday Hero" award given by the Northeast Ohio Lions Club. The award is given for outstanding service and dedication to the community, club, and district. He is retired and lives in Monroe Falls with his wife Ginger.  
Submitted: October 17, 2011

Fred Overdier — Northport, Mich., and wife and Ruth (Kilgus '63) have switched roles. Fred, a retired pastor, now is a pastor's spouse, since Ruth accepted the call to be the pastor for Bethany Lutheran Church of Northport, a town on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula. The small community is comprised of fruit farmers, retirees, boat visitors, summer residents, artists, and writers. Ruth recently completed more than 12 years of ministry at Shepherd of the Lakes in Walled Lake, Mich. Fred has been retired from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., since Jan. 2002. 
Submitted: February 13, 2004

Wendell Olson — Henderson, Nev., has retired from the insurance industry and is living in Henderson with his wife Shirley. 
Submitted: December 26, 2003

Rev. G. Overdier — West Bloomfield, Mich., will lead the third Servant Trip in six years to Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation with Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Box Elder, Mont., June 8-15. A team of 10 will work with members on maintenance and history work. They again anticipate great conversations and contacts with Native Americans. In the 1960s, Our Savior's Lutheran Church was one of the first congregations to pledge to a Christian Higher Education appeal to benefit Carthage. 
Submitted: June 9, 2003

Michael Taylor — Nashville, Ill., retired from teaching and coaching. 
Submitted: January 31, 2003

Danny L. Fread — Westminster, Md., retired in Jan. 2000 after almost 30 years with the National Weather Service. He worked as a senior research hydologist, director of hydrologic research, and director of hydrology. He is enjoying his retirement, which includes church services, continuing his research, golfing, and gardening with wife Helen. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002