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David Leiting — Spring, TX,  was appointed the Executive Director for the Energy Security Council headquartered in Houston, TX. Leiting is a former FBI Special Agent and retired as head of BP's Global Security Operations based in London. The ESC, founded in 1982, is the premier energy security networking organization protecting the energy industry from emerging physical and cyber threats through a unique public private partnership of operating companies, law enforcement, academia, and security industry partners. 
Submitted: March 23, 2022

Michael Hooks — Herrin, IL,  With 33 years of law enforcement employment, I am finally retiring from the IL State Police. I was amazed how many Carthage graduates held senior command positions with me ! Thank you Carthage College for the wonderful advantage you gave us academically ! 
Submitted: September 3, 2020

Penelope LeFew Blake, Ph.D.
Penelope LeFew Blake, Ph.D.

Penelope (LeFew) LeFew-Blake — Harvard, IL,  has retired from her professorship at Rock Valley College after 40 years of teaching. 
Submitted: September 19, 2019

Kimberly Tryggestad — LaCrosse, WI,  is engaged to Thomas Perkins. 
Submitted: September 16, 2019

Diana (Sahagian) Booth — Zion, IL,  was promoted to the registrar position at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She recently celebrated 20 years with the school and is currently working on her Masters in Science Management. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Michael James Konow — Houston, TX,  married Philip Boyd in a candlelight service, with Steven Jensen ’79 among the musical contributors. Rev. Konow has retired as minister of education and ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after serving in two southern Michigan synods. He also served as executive director of AIDS Interfaith Network in Dallas. The couple plan to move to Tucson, Arizona. 
Submitted: December 31, 2017

Owens in the Football pressbox at Beloit College during the 2016 season.
Owens in the Football pressbox at Beloit College during the 2016 season.

Terry Owens — Waukesha, Wis.,  has retired after a 34-year career in athletic administration to spend more time with his wife, sons, twin grandchildren, and other family members. Terry, whose career included 25 years as a sports information director at the collegiate level, “enjoys watching sports like a normal fan without worrying about doing statistics or writing pregame notes and postgame stories.” 
Submitted: December 6, 2017

Tom Bosworth — Elmhurst, IL,  retired after 37 years of service with Philips Lighting NA. He served in numerous roles in operations, sales, and marketing. He and his wife, Debbi (Evoy) ’80, have been married for 33 years and have two children. 
Submitted: March 9, 2017

Steve Farwig — Kohler, Wisconsin,  is now the director of major and planned gifts at the University School of Milwaukee. 
Submitted: October 21, 2015

Michael Flynn — Aurora, Illinois,  teaches chess part-time to elementary-age students, which includes three to four schools for each term.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Judith (Raupp ) Baxter — Hales Corners, Wisconsin,  continues to offer accounting and tax services to individuals and small businesses. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and two granddaughters. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

John Lehman — Racine, Wis. ,  is a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin in 2014. He is a 21st district state senator, representing parts of Racine and Kenosha counties. 
Submitted: May 29, 2014

Jeneen (Banker) Carnes & John — Beaver Dam, Wis.,  announced her retirement after 34 years of teaching elementary music in Beaver Dam. She will continue to serve as a choir director, church pianist, WSMA adjudicator, and piano instructor. She and John have been married for 24 years; they have twin children, Jonathan and Bethany, and a 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter. 
Submitted: September 20, 2013

David F. Kroll — South Milwaukee, Wis.,  was enshrined in the University of Wisconsin-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2013. He came to UW-Superior in 1989 to become the head athletic trainer and stayed in the position until 2012, when he moved into a full-time faculty position. Kroll put in countless hours of work and treated numerous injuries to Yellowjacket student athletes over 23 years as head trainer, remaining the lone constant in the Yellowjacket Athletic Department over that span. 
Submitted: July 30, 2013

Charles Dougherty — Baytown, Texas,  is currently the chief of police in Baytown, Texas. 
Submitted: May 2, 2013

Barry Rabe — Plymouth, Mich., has been named as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. Barry was also selected as director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Ford School.  
Submitted: January 3, 2013

Nancy (Wienke) Golian — Rockford Ill., is retiring from teaching in the Rockford Public Schools after 33 years. She reports that "going to Carthage was one of many blessings in my life. I hope to see more of it during my retirement." 
Submitted: October 15, 2012

James Garbrecht — Mundelein, Ill., directed the Hawthorn Symphonic Band at the Illinois Music Educators Association convention in Peoria, Ill., in January. He has taught instrumental music at Hawthorn District 73 in Vernon Hills, Ill., for more than 30 years. 
Submitted: October 14, 2012

Barry Rabe — Ann Arbor, Mich., has been named the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy. This is the highest honor the University of Michigan offers in conjunction with excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching. Rabe has also been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, D.C., and has served on an Academy panel charged by Congress to examine a proposal to create a national climate science service within the Department of Commerce. 
Submitted: August 20, 2011

Cynthia Metke — Pell Lake, Wis., and her husband Brian are expecting their second grandson in May or June. He will be joining his brother Jacob, 2. Mrs. Metke is currently working as the Church Spiritual Director as Mr. Metke continues to work as Church Pastor and has begun working on his doctorate in missions. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Craig Gaitan — Charlotte, N.C., is now Vice President of Marketing for a divison of TIAA-CREF. Craig is married and has 3 children with one out of college and two still in college.  
Submitted: February 22, 2011

Kalen (Kalfahs) Theusch — Franksville, Wis., retired from Racine Unified Schools and is enjoying a renewed "life" with her husband, Jim. Our children; Kristyn, 25, and Adam, 22, are well and enjoying their lives. 
Submitted: November 12, 2010

Penelope LeFew Blake , Ph.D — Rockford, Ill., is among 25 American humanities scholars to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities to study the Pacific War/WWII in Hawaii during the summer of 2010.  
Submitted: July 7, 2010

William Davis — Des Plaines, Ill., and wife Vanessa would like to announce the birth of their son, William Benjamin. He was born March 8, 2009. William weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. He joins big brother, Paul, 5, and big sister, Natalie, 13. 
Submitted: October 15, 2009

Craig Gaitan — Dublin, Ohio, has been appointed to the J.D. Power and Associates Advisory Board for Insurance and Financial Services. Craig is employed by Nationwide Insurance at their headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, as a Director of Acquisitions. Craig and his wife Teresita have three children. 
Submitted: May 11, 2008

Andrea (Rinne) O'Reilly — Rochelle, Ill., and her family recently moved from Lemont, Ill., to enjoy the country life on a farm. Andy is working for Rochelle Township High School. Andy and her husband Dan have two daughters. Katy is 16 and participates in cross country, basketball, and soccer. Mady is 14. She will be joining Katy at RTHS in the fall. Mady plays volleyball, basketball, and runs track. Both girls enjoy swimming in the summer swim team too. The O'Reillys have a couple of horses, a potbelly pig, and a miniature donkey.  
Submitted: March 25, 2008

Lynn Gellings Vogt — Waterford, Wis., has been married 25 years to Charles, CEO/ President of St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee. They have three children, Jeff, Matt, and Sarah. 
Submitted: December 15, 2006

William Davis — Des Plaines, Ill., and wife Vanessa announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Katherine, on May 12, 2006. Natalie joins big brother Paul, 2.  
Submitted: June 28, 2006

Judith Baxter — Hales Corners, Wis., has a small consulting business as a certified public accountant and works part-time for Komisar Brody and Company, LLP as a software technology consultant.  
Submitted: January 5, 2006

Larry Magnesen — Cincinnati, Ohio, was named senior vice president of marketing for Fifth Third Bank Corporation. He had been director of marketing for Fifth Third's Michigan banks based in Grand Rapids, Mich. 
Submitted: September 23, 2005

Marguerite Strubing — River Grove, Ill., married Jonathan Durston in a wedding ceremony at St. Edmund Church, Oak Park, Ill., Oct. 23, 2004. Three Pi Theta sorority sisters attended the wedding: Sandy (Schick '79) Bohr, LeAnn (Pederson '79) Pope and Jan (Skillrud '79) Render. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and reside in River Grove, Ill. 
Submitted: December 31, 2004

Claude N. Humlie — Weston, Fla., passed away Sept. 24. Recently he had been a president of City Views Nursing Home in Madison, Wis. He died of pneumonia resulting from complications with multiple sclerosis, with which he was diagnosed in 2000. Mr. Humlie was a self-employed painter, woodworker, and photographer. Later he had a career as an aircraft router for Continental Airlines. He helped build and test an automated system for routing aircraft, prior to becoming disabled. He is survived by his former wife Nataya and her two children. 
Submitted: November 24, 2004

William Davis — Des Plaines, Ill., and his wife Vanessa announce the birth of their son, Paul William, May 8. 
Submitted: September 27, 2004

Anita Paunescu-Davis — Franklin, Wis., is pursuing a career change. She is attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to obtain a master's degree in library science and certification to become a school library media specialist. She expects to earn her degree sometime next year. Earlier this year she received her teaching certification and is licensed to teach PreK-3. 
Submitted: August 12, 2004

Marguerite Strubing — River Grove, Ill., announces her engagement to Jonathan Durston, a design engineer for Marconi. The couple plans to wed October 23, in Oak Park, Ill. 
Submitted: May 20, 2004

Bernerd Young — Allen, Texas, is president of Bernerd E. Young and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm for the securities industry, which he opened in Nov. 2003. He was with the NASD for nearly 20 years, having most recently served as NASD director in Dallas. He and his wife Sylvia (Petterson) have five children: Michael, Kevin, Markus, Patrick, and Kristina. 
Submitted: January 30, 2004

Dawn (Littlefield) Stone — Grand Marsh, Wis., is in her 25th year of teaching in Adams-Friendship, Wis. She still enjoys swimming and continues to teach swimming lessons and water aerobics. She is married and has two sons. 
Submitted: January 20, 2004

Martin Laub — Deerbrook, Wis., has retired from the Federal Civil Service. 
Submitted: December 5, 2003

Kristina (Knutson) Parks — Sugar Hill, Ga., married Chris Parks on May 11. She is a graduate student at Atlanta's Institute of Paper Science & Technology. She received an M.S. degree in Pulp and Paper Science in May 2000, and expects to complete her Ph.D. in January 2004. Mr. Parks is an electrical engineer and a native of the Atlanta area. 
Submitted: July 3, 2002

Stephen Erickson — Temecula, Calif., married Karen Gallagher on April 27. In January, Mr. Erickson was promoted to president of Corona Clipper, Corona, Calif. He previously was vice president of finance for Corona, a company he has served since 1992.  
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Gregory Thomas Pierangeli , OD & Barbara — Racine Wisconsin,  accepted a position with MyEyeDr as the Clinical Field Director for the State of Wisconsin. He will oversee Wisconsin’s 16 Clinics and assist others as we expand in the State. 
Submitted: June 7, 2022


Susan Lee Johnson — Madison, Wisconsin,  holds the Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is President of the Western History Association. 
Submitted: March 11, 2022

Gregory Thomas Pierangeli , OD & Barbara (Cramer-Belligan) — Racine, WI,  Barb and I have recently settled back in Racine, our hometown. I am the Managing Optometrist at LensCrafters in Regency Mall and Barb works for LandMark Credit Union. 
Submitted: January 20, 2021

Pastor David Petersen, '78, and wife Susan
Pastor David Petersen, '78, and wife Susan

David Petersen — Arlington Heights, Illinois,  After a career in the concrete cutting industry and an active church lay leadership role, David answered a call to ordained ministry. In 2013 he enrolled in the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He graduated in 2018 with a Master of Divinity. He is called to be pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Belvidere, Illinois. He was ordained to a ministry of Word and Sacrament in October, 2019. During his studies at LSTC, many Carthage alum were his friends and mentors: Louis Tillman, Deb Hartfield, Katrina Endres-Steingreaber, Dr. Richard Perry, and Jaymes Chil. David is married to Susan who he met his junior year at Schiller College, Heidelberg, Germany. They have two grown sons. 
Submitted: November 13, 2020

Todd Patterson — Wooster, OH,  was inducted into the Wooster High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame in April. He recently retired after 42 years as an educator. Along the way, he also coached athletics and directed the drama club. 
Submitted: September 24, 2019

Joel Borgardt — Racine, WI,  has a new position as chairman of the board of directors at Carma Laboratories, Inc. in Franklin, WI. 
Submitted: August 16, 2019

Tau Delta Psi
Tau Delta Psi

Greg Pierangeli — Milwaukee, WI,  hosted a reunion on April 13, 2019 for the fraternity brothers of Tau Delta Psi at the Roma Lodge in Racine, WI. It was a special night of reliving old stories, sharing new ones, and being thankful to Carthage for the bond that they share. Pictured: Front row (left to right): Craig Murdoch ’77, Luke Wild ’08, Steve Strecker ’84, Bill Crowley ’08, Ryan Kelley ’11, Andy Frahm ’86, and David Domine ’81. Back Row (left to right): Ben Fidder ’12, Greg Pierangeli ’78, Tom Massnick ’76, Frank Pelligrino ’74, Terry Powell ’76, Rob Heyrman ’75, Dennis O’Brien ’79, Pete Nylen ’79, Steve Farwig ’80, Fred Petersen ’81, Phil Young ’07, Dave Gross ’80, Greg Pierce ’78, and John Fricke ’77. 
Submitted: May 2, 2019

Sue (Hochsprung) Miller & The Rev. Dr. Charles 1980 — Avon, IN,  will celebrate their 40th anniversary on August 11, 2019. They met at Carthage when Ms. Miller's sorority sisters insisted she invite Mr. Miller to her sorority formal. 
Submitted: April 17, 2019

Pat (Thoennes) Hamilton — Silverthorne, Colorado,  was named winner of the Midwest Book Awards for best biography. Her book, "Hidden Treasure: The Life and Art of Theodore Czebotar," explores the singular life of the midcentury American Modernist painter and chronicles her extended family's struggle with the unexpected inheritance of thousands of works of art. 
Submitted: May 24, 2016

Joseph Lang — Kenosha, Wis.,  March 24, 2013. Joe Lang entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 8, 1969, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 7, 1971. He worked at American Brass as a supervisor for many years and was a member of the United Steel Workers #1201. He was also past commander of the American Legion and an honorary member of the VFW #1865, as well as a member of their honor guard. He is survived by sons, Joseph and Paul, both of Madison, Wis.; daughters, Shannon of Kenosha, Jaime Minneci of Kenosha, and Danielle of Madison; and three grandchildren.  
Submitted: May 6, 2013

Kipp Sandvig — Waupun, Wis., passed away on Sept. 4, 2012. He is survived by his two daughters, Katie and Megan, and his brother Rick Sandvig '75. 
Submitted: October 18, 2012

Robyn (Cornwell) Carley — Lake Elmo, Minn., was promoted to director of content development at ExitCare, LLC, patient education software and video solutions. 
Submitted: September 21, 2012

Randy Joe Welch — Randy passed away in June of 2012 
Submitted: July 26, 2012

Laurie Poklop — Cambridge, Mass., has earned an Ed.D. degree in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. She continues to work as a Senior Instructional Designer in Northeastern's Educational Technology Center and also teaches in the M.Ed. in Instructional Design program at UMass/Boston. Laurie lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, Mass., with her spouse, Jill Wittmer, and their two children, Cameron, 10, and Zoe, 7. 
Submitted: January 7, 2012

Ray Gornell — Lincoln, Neb., and his spouse June ( Schwaninger '80) will celebrate 30 years of marriage this August. June currently works as an educator fot the Lincoln Public Schools. Ray is a Clinical Psychologist and the Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Network in Greeley, Colo. 
Submitted: July 26, 2010

Betty Ann Mocek — Chicago, Ill., has been in multiple art shows as part of the programming for Chicago Artists' Month 2009. In the month of october alone, she was in four including: "Busy Lines: works by Betty Ann Mocek", "Ethereal Fauna: The Artist's Muse", "Dia de los muertos :Common Ground" and "Women's Caucus for Art Member's Show".  
Submitted: February 19, 2010

Steven W. Anderson — Whitewater, Wis., was promoted to Professor of Chemistry at UW-Whitewater in 2008. He is Co-editor and co-author of 2nd edition of Strategic Technology Management, published by Imperial College Press in 2008.  
Submitted: January 15, 2010

Gwen Johnson Merker — Montgomery, Ill., and her husband Grant are proud to announce that their daughter Sara is heading to Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., on a soccer scholarhip after two successful years at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, received the Female Athlete of the Year award, was All Conference and All Region in soccer and cross country, and All American for soccer. She graduated May 28 with an associate's of science. 
Submitted: July 8, 2009

Sandy Marten Novak — Tucson, Ariz., is an athletic director and coach in the Tucson school system. 
Submitted: December 2, 2008

Joel Mondry — Orland Park, Ill., and his wife, Nancy (Dori) Mondry '78, have a son, Kevin, who is a senior at Carthage. He will graduate in May. Kevin is a business and communications major. They also have a daughter, Katie, who is a sophomore at Carthage, majoring in special education. Katie's twin brother Keith attends Elim Christian Services. Keith is in their special needs autism program.  
Submitted: February 21, 2008

Scott Siegmeier — Shawano, Wis., passed away Nov. 16, 2007. Scott taught science at St. James Lutheran School, where he was athletic director and coached basketball and volleyball.  
Submitted: January 14, 2008

James C. Chen — Hong Kong, Mr. James C. Chen has been appointed as an independent non-executive director, the chairman and member of the audit committee and member of the remuneration committee of Chinney Investments, Limited, effective Nov. 15, 2007. 
Submitted: December 4, 2007

Jill Horst Lindberg — New Orleans, La., was honored by the University of Illinois' Rockford School of Medicine as its outstanding alumna of the year. The school recognized Dr. Lindberg for her efforts during and after Hurricane Katrina. She is the daughter of Richard Horst '52. 
Submitted: December 14, 2006

Yvonne Richardi Schrank — Brown Deer, Wis., is the wage assignment administrator for Extendicare Health Services, Inc., a Milwaukee-based health care organization with facilities across the United States. She has been with Extendicare for 24 years. 
Submitted: November 15, 2006

Betty Ann Mocek — Chicago, Ill., has her fine art on exhibition this summer in the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art Exhibitional at ARC Gallery in Chicago. She also exhibited a new series of small works: drawings, prints and mixed media at at Concordia University's faculty art show in River Forest, Ill., and has an ongoing show of large prints at Double Tree Convention Center Gallery in Downers Grove, Ill. She continues to be an asoociate professor of art at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. She resides with her husband of 23 years, Adam Walker.  
Submitted: April 13, 2006

Paula Zinngrabe Wendland — Evanston, Ill., has contributed twelve hand-colored woodcut illustrations to a book and CD package called Poetry Speaks to Children.  
Submitted: September 28, 2005

Dennis Bertolotti — Mosinee, Wis., and wife, Karen, announce the births of their two children. Their son Ellis James was born on June 10, 2002 and their daughter Jenna Kathleen was born May 14, 2004. 
Submitted: March 23, 2005

David Ittel — Hobart, Ind., has been a real estate broker for 27 years. He enjoys being an alumnus of Carthage and his fraternity, Tau Sigma Chi. David's enthusiasm must have had an effect on his son, Dan Ittel, who may be attending Carthage in two years. Mr. Ittel misses Carthage, the lakeside, and learning every day. In two years, he can spend his free time visiting the college and perhaps even move to Wisconsin.  
Submitted: March 10, 2005

Betty Ann Mocek — Chicago, Ill., continues as an exhibiting artist and a professor of art at Concordia University in Riverforest, Ill., where she also is director of the Ferguson Art Gallery and curator of the university's art collection. She and her husband of 21 years reside in Chicago, just west of downtown. 
Submitted: January 21, 2005

John R. Biancalana — Elgin, Ill., and his wife Jamie announce the birth of their son, Lucca Gianni, Aug. 4. Lucca joins sisters Gabriella and Sofia. 
Submitted: September 27, 2004

Sandra Gerner Sandvig — Temple City, Calif., is in her third year as a fourth grade teacher in the El Monte School District. She earned a master's degree in education in May 2003 from the University of La Verne, La Verne, Calif. 
Submitted: August 10, 2004

Steven Hartfield — Kenosha, Wis., was selected the 2003 Person of the Year by a panel of judges who represent Kenosha County. He was a stay-at-home-dad for 12 years, school volunteer, elementary teacher, active church member, dedicated volunteer in the INNS program for homeless people, and coordinator of the annual Christmas Lane Shalom Center Food Drive, which has just celebrated its 13th year of success. Mr. Hartfield has collected more than 40 tons of food and more than $80,000 for the Shalom Center. 
Submitted: January 7, 2004

Betty Ann Mocek — Chicago, Ill., received the Chicago Artists' Coalition Special Achievement Award for service to the visual arts in Chicago. This year's award was created by sculptor Particia Armato. Ms. Mocek serves Concordia University River Forest as associate professor of art, curator of art, and gallery director at the university's Ferguson Art Gallery. She continues to work as a visual artist and is a former art open director.  
Submitted: October 8, 2003

Gwen Johnson Merker — Downers Grove, Ill., and her husband Grant have lived in the Chicago suburbs most of their lives. Grant's job with Northrop Grumman has taken them to Raleigh, N.C. 17-year-old Sara is finishing high school in Raleigh. Their 20-year-old, Brittany, remains at their house in Downers Grove. Gwen is a stay-at-home mom until they get settled. Sara keeps her busy with all the nationwide traveling with club soccer. 
Submitted: September 9, 2003

Byron Anderson — Evanston, Ill., has been appointed associate professor of worship and music ministry and director of the Ebersole program in music ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Also, his book "Worship and Christian Identity: Practicing Ourselves" was published by The Liturgical Press in April.  
Submitted: July 30, 2003

Deborah Hall Simek — Vernon Hills, Ill., has been teaching physical education and health at Willowbrook Elementary School for the past nine years. She recently earned a master's degree in education from Saint Xavier University in May. Debbie's 20-year-old daughter, Dawn, is a junior at the University of Illinois and her 17-year-old son, David, is a junior in high school. 
Submitted: May 9, 2003

Laurie Poklop — Cambridge, Mass., and her partner Jill Wittmer traveled to Cambodia in April 2002 to adopt a son, Cameron Wittmer Poklop, born Sept. 12, 2001. Jane Gronholm, 78 is the proud godmother. Laurie is a web-based curriculum designer at Northeastern University in Boston. 
Submitted: February 17, 2003

Jean M. Templeton — Chicago, Ill., recently completed a two-year project as research director for the Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment, which released a report in April on its two-year study of the Illinois Capital Punishment System. Illinois Governor George Ryan introduced legislation implementing the reforms, currently pending in the Illinois Legislature. A subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Russ Feingold (Dem., Wis), has scheduled hearings on the report. In 1981, Ms. Templeton earned a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. She currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in public analysis at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 
Submitted: July 1, 2002

Greg Pierangeli — Jonesboro, Ariz., has moved Pierangeli Eyecare Center into leased space next to a Wal-Mart Vision Center. The Jonesboro store is one of Wal-Mart's largest-volume vision centers. As a student, Mr. Pierangeli competed in track and field. His son Jonathan, 8, is following in his footsteps, having won state track and field titles in 800-meter and 1,500-meter events. 
Submitted: July 1, 2002

Sharon (Dahlen) Baer — West Point, Miss., works at Mississippi State University's Early Childhood Institute, Starkville, Miss. She also is an AmeriCorps regional program director with America Reads-Mississippi. Her Americorps members serve in pre-K classes throughout the state. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Steven R Anderson — Loves Park, IL,  was recently inducted into the Pekin Life Insurance Hall of Fame. He is only the sixth person in company history to achieve this award and was the result of 35 consecutive year of membership into the Inner Circle Club of the company. Steve is married to Jacque (Biery) Anderson '77. They have two grown sons, Christopher '05 and Kyle '08. 
Submitted: August 23, 2021

Mark Bollmeier & Karen (Placko) 1977 — Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin,  Mark and Karen met at Carthage College. They are retired and spend time with their four children and five grand children. They enjoy biking, hiking, live music, cooking, playing cribbage, spending summer and fall in Door County and occasional visits to Las Vegas. 
Submitted: March 17, 2021

Lee Zimmermann & Beth (Friese) 1976 — Wauconda, Illinois,  Lee Zimmermann was appointed on November 01, 2020 to a two year term as the Director of the USCG-Auxiliary Human Resources Directorate. The Human Resources Directorate is one of three directorates within FORCECOM. It is composed of nine divisions and thirty one branches, each of which provides specialty services to the National Staff Directorate, Membership, and Coast Guard. 
Submitted: February 24, 2021

Daniel M Michalak & Yumiko (Hirose) — Racine, Wisconsin,  Retiring in December 2020 after my 40 year career in Finance & Accounting starting with Menasha Corporation in Wisconsin and finishing with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Inc. in Reading, Pennsylvania. Was effectively with same company my entire career with my job & company changes occurring through promotions and by way of acquisition. Married the love of my life Yumiko who I met through a business trip to Japan. 
Submitted: December 1, 2020

Sandra (Matsen) Poisel — Louisville, KY,  self-published a book, "Climbing Kilimanjaro, My Dream, My Journey." In it, she details her spiritual journey climbing Africa's highest mountain. 
Submitted: August 17, 2020

Gary Latkow — Mundelein, IL,  Retired from Tempel Steel Company as Director of Engineering after 41 years and 8 months. 
Submitted: February 13, 2020

Scott Hodal — Kenosha, WI,  retired September 30 from Pactiv Corporation as Director, Human Resources after a 42-year human resources and management career spanning various industries and markets. 
Submitted: October 16, 2019

Steven R. Anderson — Loves Park, IL,  was recently re-elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Pekin Insurance Group in Pekin, IL. He has held this position since 2010 and has served on the board of directors of the company since 1996. Mr. Anderson owns and operates a family run independent insurance agency in Loves Park. While at Carthage, he met and later married Jacque (Biery) '77. They have two sons: Chris Anderson '05 and Kyle Anderson '08 who also work at the insurance agency. They are proud grandparents of Lucas, Riley, and Lily. 
Submitted: April 18, 2019

Denise E (Gifford) Dotson — Kenosha,  retired from Kenosha Unified School District in June of 2018 with more than 35 years of teaching experience. She is the grandparent of Eleanor Martig (3) and Charles Martig (1). 
Submitted: December 30, 2018


Steven Anderson — Racine, WI,  met this past summer with Jaclyn Corin, senior class president 2019 of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Corin is the co-founder of the March for Our Lives movement. Anderson attended the D.C. protest this past spring. He is currently writing a book: Parkland Teens American History Makers. 
Submitted: December 13, 2018

Oak Creek names softball field after Lampe
Oak Creek names softball field after Lampe

Greg Lampe — Oak Creek, WI,  was given the privilege of having the softball field at Oak Creek High School named in his honor. Greg is a retired softball coach and Athletic Director at Oak Creek High School. He began the schools softball program in 1987 and after 17 years, his teams finished a record of 302-52. Greg was inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 where he currently serves as its Executive Director. 
Submitted: April 11, 2018


Jody Smith — Flower Mound, Texas,  received a surprise honor in October when officials announced the council chamber in Flower Mound’s future town hall will be named for her. Ms. Smith’s civic service includes three terms as mayor of the town. 
Submitted: December 11, 2017

Linda (Lord) Julian — Roscoe, Illinois,  received a Golden Apple award in April for her work as a choir, speech, and music teacher at Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit, Illinois. Five recipients from a two-county area were recognized for their commitment to educational excellence. 
Submitted: July 24, 2017

Susan P Dickey — Fort Wayne, IN,  married Scott Dickey on Jan. 15. Her first husband, John Powley, passed away in 2012. 
Submitted: February 15, 2017

George Chardukian — Kenosha, WI,  represented Carthage with his pullover sweater at St. Andrew's Links in Scotland.  
Submitted: November 23, 2016

Glen Prasser — Cincinnati, OH,  retired in January 2017 after seven years as CEO for Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He helped the group see exponential growth. 
Submitted: November 11, 2016

George Chardukian — Tucson, Arizona,  recently visited Italy!  
Submitted: April 4, 2016

Kerry Hays — Greendale, Wisconsin,  was recognized as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Employee of the Month for December 2015. Kerry received this honor for his efforts in a flash flood that hit Roaring River State Park on July 7, 2015. Kerry made a crucial decision to ignore historical precedence and evacuate more than 200 campers when the river was still two feet below flood stage. Supported by the efforts of other staff members and volunteers, campers were evacuated from all three of the park's campgrounds within 10 minutes. The river reached flood level several minutes later and eventually reached a level of nearly 10 feet. Kerry's decisive actions and the efforts of his staff resulted in no personal injuries and minimal loss of property. Kerry has been with Missouri State Parks since early 2009, having been promoted to the position of park manager in April 2014. He resides in the park with his wife, Heather. 
Submitted: January 28, 2016

Glen Prasser — Cincinnati, Ohio,  retired Jan. 31, 2016, after seven years as CEO of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. The physician group, which is the 16th largest in Greater Cincinnati, has practically doubled in size since Mr. Prasser became chief executive.  
Submitted: January 7, 2016

Lee Zimmermann — Wauconda, Illinois,  joined True Value Company as its senior product merchant in April. Additionally, in October, Lee was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary national staff as division chief for course development. Lee and his wife, Beth, also are celebrating the birth of their newest grandson, Finn, this past April.  
Submitted: November 4, 2015

Greg Lampe — Oak Creek, Wisconsin,  has retired after 37 years from the Oak Creek School District, where he served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Softball Coaches Associations Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honored as the Wisconsin District 7 Athletic Director of the Year in 2014. He resides in Oak Creek with his wife, Teri. 
Submitted: June 22, 2015

Greg Lampe — Oak Creek,  has retired after 37 years at Oak Creek High School, where he served as teacher, coach, and athletic director. In 2014, he was named the District 7 Wisconsin Athletic Director of the Year. In 2010, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He continues to serve on the State Softball Coaches Board of Directors. 
Submitted: April 1, 2015

Daniel Michalak — Fort Wayne, Indiana,  is chief financial officer for Global Quadrant EPP (Engineering Plastic Products) and Quadrant EPP Americas. 
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Roaring River Award of Distinction.  Kerry Hays is on the far left
Roaring River Award of Distinction. Kerry Hays is on the far left

Kerry Patrick Hays — Greendale, Wis.,  assistant superintendent at Roaring River State Park in Missouri, was awarded the Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction along with several of his co-workers. This is the highest honor given to a Missouri state employee, and it is presented for demonstrating exceptional judgment or courage in a potentially serious situation to prevent injury, loss of life, or damage to property. This specific award was given in the area of safety for efforts to evacuate campers when the park was struck by a severe wind storm that destroyed more than 200 trees in the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 2012. The award was presented in the office of Gov. Jay Nixon on July 17, 2013.  
Submitted: August 4, 2013

Erik Humlie — Fitchburg, Wis.,  has retired following 35 years of state service with Wisconsin's Bureau of Petroleum Products and Tanks, working on product quality, consumer protection, and environment storage tank regulations. 
Submitted: July 23, 2013

Sandra (Matsen) Poisel — Louisville, Ky.,  and her husband, Ron, climbed to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Feb. 15, 2013. By doing so, she fulfilled her life's dream of climbing the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. 
Submitted: May 2, 2013

Glen Prasser — Newtown, Ohio, was elected CEO of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, in Sharonville, Ohio. The Milwaukee native had spent 31 years with Procter & Gamble before retiring. 
Submitted: April 23, 2013

Robin Williams-Voigt — Holland, Mich., is always impressed to read the newsletter from Carthage and hear of all the great things happening there. Carthage continues to be a special place for her; she had a wonderful college experience and sends thanks to the staff for continuing to make Carthage such a strong and vibrant college. 
Submitted: April 23, 2013

Mark Chapman — Columbia, S.C., is retired but doing some part-time teaching in theology. He was appointed by the Catholic Bishop of Charleston to the Diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in 2010. He was a representative of the Commission and the Diocese of Charleston to the National Workshop on Christian Unity in April in Oklahoma City. The theology of ecumenism remains his main source of interest as he continues a semi-private scholarly life.  
Submitted: January 3, 2013

Mark Bollmeier & Karen (Placko) 1977 — Racine, Wis., report Mark is the vice president of sales and marketing for DuraColor, a printing and graphics company. Karen works as a receptionist in a dental office. They have four children and two grandchildren. 
Submitted: December 16, 2012

Sally Sommer Haase — Peoria Heights, Ill., passed away on Aug. 4, 2012. She was employed at Widmer Interiors for 33 years, and received the Eliza Pindell Community Service Award in 2009. She is survived by her husband, David, and her mother, Nancy Sommer. 
Submitted: October 25, 2012

Robert Klatt — Long Grove, Wis., passed away on Nov. 21, 2011. He enjoyed fishing and collecting and was a Silver Beaver recipient. He worked for American Chemet as Vice President. He is the beloved father of Christina Klatt (Chris) and the father of Sarah Tschannen, Robert W. III,"Trey", and Maxwell. He is the cherished son of Robert Klatt and the late Jane Klatt. His sisters are Alice, Kimberly, and Jennifer. He is also the great uncle of many nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Mark E. Chapman — Columbia, S.C., was received into the Roman Catholic Church in July 1998. He now lives in Columbia and recently joined St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and in the St. Gianna Guild, the parish pro-life organization. Currently he is a freelance writer, scholar and college professor. Mark is a lay member of the Catholic Church, and no longer a pastor. He has a Ph. D in Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He also is an active member of the Marilogical Society of America.  
Submitted: October 8, 2010

Steve Anderson — Loves Park, Ill., was recently elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Pekin Insurance Company in Pekin, Ill., at their annual meeting in February. He has served on their board of directors since 1995. Steve is President of A. W. Anderson Agency, an independent insurance office, in Loves Park. Steve and his wife, Jacque (Biery) Anderson '77, have two sons, Christopher '05, and Kyle '08.  
Submitted: March 1, 2010

Kerry Hays — Cassville, Mo., accepted a position as a park manager for a large state park in the Ozarks. In February, Kerry began work for the Missouri DNR as the Assistant Park Superintendent at Roaring River State Park. Roaring River is one of Missouri's premier trout parks with three campgrounds and over ten miles of hiking trails. Kerry and his family moved to their residence in the park in June of this year. 
Submitted: July 27, 2009

Gayle Carol Roth — Milwaukee, Wis., passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at the Jewish Care Home in Milwaukee. Born Jan. 31, 1952, in Chicago, she was the daughter of William and Carol (nee: Otterbein) Roth. She spent her early years in Kenosha, and later moved to Racine, Wis., where she attended J. I. Case High School and earned a degree in sociology at Carthage. Gayle was a homeowner and enjoyed cooking, her cats and playing her grand piano. While living in Kenosha, she was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and after moving to Racine, she became a member of Atonement Lutheran Church. Ms. Roth was director of accessible walkways for Racine-based Society's Assets, Inc. Gayle also served as a water safety instructor for the Red Cross, teaching hundreds of children each summer via the Case swimming program. Gayle lived life to the fullest; she enjoyed doing gymnastics and scuba diving and teaching sewing for many years at a Singer retail unit. Ms. Roth also produced stage costumes for rock band Ides of March, which resulted in a lifelong friendship. She took piano lessons for 12 years from her father, Professor William Roth. As a Case high school senior, she received a first om a state piano contest. Her father also instilled a love of music in her, and in the fourth grade she started taking violin lessons. She played in every school orchestra including the Carthage orchestra. Gayle will be remembered forever in the hearts of her Mother and Father; brothers, Marcus (Vicki) Roth of Waupaca, Wis., and Christ Roth of Glendale, Wis.; her sister Holly Levine of Racine, Wis., also her niece, Amanda and nephews, Grant and Zachary. 
Submitted: March 5, 2009

Doug Banks
Doug Banks

Douglas Banks — Clay, N.Y., and his wife, Denice, adopted a two children, Kristen and Juliane Copes-Banks, in 2006. The happy family currently lives in Clay. 
Submitted: September 21, 2008

Terri Hilt — Glen Ellyn, Ill., retired in 2006 from Delta Air Lines with 29 years of service and moved from Peachtree City, Ga. She is now a teacher's aide in the special education department of Glenbard West High School, her alma mater. Her son Luke is a chiropractor at the Gold's Gym in Woodstock, Ga. 
Submitted: May 16, 2008

Miriam Johnson Englund — Libertyville, Ill., is currently working as an ICU nurse. In June, she will celebrate 30 years working as an RN at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Highland Park (Ill.) Hospital. 
Submitted: April 15, 2008

Susan Donohoe — Wauwatosa, Wis., In 2006, Susan began her own garden design business providing garden designs, installation, and maintenance for the "city-size" home lot. She is also finishing an associate degree in landscape horticulture. 
Submitted: January 14, 2008

David Calandra — Houston, Texas, is battling leukemia. David is a recent recipient of stem cell transplantation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  
Submitted: December 5, 2007

Cheryl (Larson) Williams — Park Ridge, Ill., is teaching second grade at Roosevelt School in Park Ridge. Cheryl's oldest daughter is studying pharmacy at Butler University and Cheryl is hoping her other daughter, Haley, will attend Carthage in the fall to study Special Education 
Submitted: November 14, 2007

George J. Chardukian — Tucson, Ariz., was inducted into the Racine Horlick High School Hall of Fame as a graduate of distinction for personal, professional and community achievements. Induction ceremony was held June 3 at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, Wis. 
Submitted: October 3, 2007

Kevin Brunner — Whitewater, Wis., was presented with the 2007 City Manager of the Year for meritorious service by the Wisconsin City/County Management Association (WCMA). This award was presented to Kevin at the WCMA meeting on June 14, 2007 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. 
Submitted: August 29, 2007

Peter J. Martin — Grand Rapids, Mich., became president, CEO, and part owner of Knape & Vogt, a manufacturer and distributor of drawer slides, shelving, storage and ergonomic office products, in Aug. 2006, and relocated to Grand Rapids from the Boston area. Ashley, 21, is a junior at Boston College; Jordan, 19, is a freshman at the University of Connecticut; Colin, 16, and Tanner, 13, attend school in Grand Rapids.  
Submitted: January 10, 2007

Robin Williams-Voigt — Holland, Mich., is a librarian at the Herrick District Library. 
Submitted: December 15, 2006

Thomas J. Heller — Kenosha, Wis. recently relocated his financial planning business with Thomey & Heller Financial Services to Kenosha. 
Submitted: April 12, 2006

Kathleen Secanky — Mesa, Arz., passed away on July 13, 2005. She was born in Racine, Wis., and graduated as a registered nurse. She then completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Carthage. After working at St. Luke's as a nurse, Kathleen became a member of the School of Nursing faculty and taught for the nursing program for ten years before moving to Arizona, where she worked for 18 years at Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Lorraine; a brother, Barry Anderson; and a sister, Patricia Hellenberg. 
Submitted: October 10, 2005

Kay Kroh Kelley — Naperville, Ill., retired four years ago after 25 years as a meeting planner. She is now a full-time mom to two teenagers. 
Submitted: March 10, 2005

Dan Maguson — Brookfield, Wis., is the executive director of the Couseling Center of Milwaukee. His wife Kate (Bachausen '79) Magnuson works as a psychotherapist at Cornerstone Counseling Services in Brookfield. 
Submitted: August 12, 2004

Jeffrey Bell & Christine — Lisle, Ill., and his wife Christine announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Lynn, April 27. She joins siblings Morgan, 20, Justin, 6, Christian, 5, and Jimmy, 4.  
Submitted: May 6, 2004

Denise Dotson Gifford — Kenosha, Wis., was selected as the 2003-2004 Special Area Teacher of the Year for the Kenosha Unified School District. In addition, Ms. Gifford was chosen to receive the 2004 Excellence in Education Award from the Kenosha chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). 
Submitted: April 30, 2004

Rebecca (Smith) Cairo — Phoenix, Ariz, is teaching vocal/general music in the Phoenix public schools. She taught a course, Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom, for the continuing education program at Carthage this past summer. 
Submitted: January 7, 2004

Mark E. Chapman — Columbia, S.C., earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1997, and now serves as adjunct professor of religion at both Columbia College and Southern Wesleyan University/Cayce, in Columbia, S.C. He moved from Endwell, N.Y., to Columbia in 2001. His most recent theological article was published in the Dec. 2003 issue of <em>Ecumenical Trends</em>.  
Submitted: December 26, 2003

Janet Hamm Teetrers — Lake Zurich, Ill., is director of Accreditation Service Division, of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Bethesday, Md. 
Submitted: December 11, 2003

Michael Henderson — Parker, Colo., and his wife Nancy (Knack '78) are watching their children grow so fast. Alison, 21, will graduate from Carthage this spring with majors in elementary education and cross categorical special education. Michael, 23, is attending graduate school at Colorado State University, and majoring in political science. Andrea, 16, is a junior in high school who enjoys studying, shopping, sports and driving.  
Submitted: December 8, 2003

Judith Timmerman Heck — Racine, Wis., and her husband Joseph recently purchased a home in Racine. Judith currently works for the state of Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a rehabilitation counselor. 
Submitted: November 18, 2003

Dana Cowell — Stockton, Calif., has been married to his wife Van-Ha for 22 years. Van-Ha is a native of Vietnam. They met at the University of Tennessee where Dana was working on his master's degree in urban planning. They have two sons, Evan and Andrew. Van Ha is an elementary teacher, while Dana has been working for the California Department of Transportation since 1979. He is now deputy director of planning in District 4, Oakland office. 
Submitted: October 31, 2003

Grace A. Knox — Antioch, Ill., has been retired from Abbott Labs for the past six years. She enjoys traveling, reading, learning, and tending to her cats. 
Submitted: April 14, 2003

Peter J. Martin — Westborough, Mass., continues to serve as president and CEO of The Holmes Group, a manufacturer and marketer of small electrical appliances for the home. Peter and wife Nancy have four children, Ashley, 17, Jordan, 15, Colin, 12, and Tanner, 10. 
Submitted: January 8, 2003

Susie Smidl Powley — Munster, Ind., is a candidate for ordained ministry as a deacon in youth ministry in the United Methodist Church. In 1999, she created The Basement, a youth center for junior and senior high school youth. The program began with six participants, and, by 2002, average weekly attendance grew to 185. Thanks to her innovative program, several offshoot ministries have formed, including a youth choir, drama team, student-led cell groups, student-led prayer groups, as well as monthly service projects and annual mission trips. Husband John is a human resources director for Union Tank Car Co., East Chicago, Ind. Son Tom, 16, is a junior at Munster High School and daughter Jill, 18, is a freshman at Huntington College, Huntington, Ind. 
Submitted: December 27, 2002

Cheryl (Larson) Williams — Park Ridge, Ill., is a sub caller for School District #64 in Park Ridge. She also substitutes on a regular basis, filling in for teachers on maternity leave. She has two daughters, Julie, 14, and Haley, 12, and a son, Scott, 10.  
Submitted: June 19, 2002

Glen Prasser — Cincinnati, Ohio, is the associate director for global acquisitions and divestitures at Procter & Gamble. Wife Jolie (Harris '78) is a third grade teacher at Ayer Elementary School in Cincinnati. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


"The Yank Down Under," An Australian Adventure Story by Charlie Flannigan
"The Yank Down Under," An Australian Adventure Story by Charlie Flannigan

Charlie L. Flannigan & Jana Flannigan — Dexter, MO,  has just published a book called "The Yank Down Under," An Australian Adventure Story. This story starts at Carthage then takes you on his two year adventure in Australia. "The Yank" can be purchased on Amazon and Kindle. 
Submitted: March 28, 2022

Helene Haapala & Connie (Martin) — Northfield, MN,  Since leaving her day job in 2018(realignment, not retirement) Helene has earned a Masters Degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. She is currently focusing her energy on being the treasurer for a candidate running for the Minnesota State Senate. 
Submitted: March 5, 2022

Ann Tucker
Ann Tucker

Ann Busse Tucker — Sycamore, Illinois,  was recently named Illinois Council of Orchestras's 2019 Board President of the Year. Ms. Tucker has been the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra president since 2008. The council presents its annual awards for excellence in the field of music performance and for support of musical organizations. 
Submitted: March 19, 2019

Picture was taken in a Chicago Suburb
Picture was taken in a Chicago Suburb

Gary Spragg — Elk Grove Village, IL,  gathers with fellow Old Time Squires as often as they can. This gathering occurred in late June 2018. The group is looking forward to celebrating their 60th reunion during Homecoming Weekend, September 28-30, 2018. Front row (left to right): Ken "Koon" Kuhn '77, Brent "Otis" Johnston '75, Tom "T" Tester '76, Greg "Doc" Seyler '75, and Bob "Mix" Miksa '77. Back row (left to right): Mark "Ott" Heideman '75, Larry "Bear" Fieroh '75, Mark "Bowz" Bowers '77, Mark "Bolo" Stohlquist '77, Terry "TC" Converse '75, Jim "Herbie" Pagles '76, Gary "Tree" Spragg '76, Mike "Rudy" Rudan '76, John "Holly" Hollingsworth '76, Ron "Gaz" Gazlay '76, and Matt "Matty" Van Diepen '95. 
Submitted: July 24, 2018

Dean Ennes — Westchester, IL,  Westchester, Illinois, was elected president of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago. The largest membership organization of its kind in the Midwest, Dean is president of Ennes International, a consultancy that arranges financing for exports and foreign investment.  
Submitted: August 21, 2017

Patty (Pierman) Larson — St. Paul, MN,  St. Paul, Minnesota, retired from Thomson Reuters after 37 years. Patty was an attorney/director responsible for the publication of U.S. judicial decisions. 
Submitted: August 4, 2017

Charlie Flannigan — Dexter, MO,  and his wife, Jana, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Oct. 25. Charlie is a financial adviser and partner with Edward Jones. They have three adult children ranging from 21 to 42. 
Submitted: September 20, 2016

John Hollingsworth — Harvard, IL,  gave a presentation at the Illinois Principals Association’s Education Leaders Summer Conference on June 9-10 in Lisle, Illinois. Mr. Hollingsworth, assistant principal at Harvard High School, spoke on the topic “1:1 High School Implementation: How to Plan Parent Meetings and Coordinate a Successful Distribution Process.”  
Submitted: June 21, 2016

Martin Phillippi , PhD & Leslie (Nickels) 1976 — Pleasanton, California,  celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were the first couple to be married in A.F. Siebert Chapel, on June 12, 1976. Members of the wedding party include Carthage graduates Lee Ann (Lambrecht) Banks, Mark Gustafson, Dave Wynn, Jackie (Diehl) Day, Bill LeFew, and Dave Kretchner. Marty just retired after 35 years at the Clorox Company. Leslie and Marty are the proud parents of two children and five grandchildren. 
Submitted: June 1, 2016

Charles M. Brand — Clarendon Hills, Illinois,  published "Sacred Spaces - The Architectural Designs of Herbert A. Brand (1885-1972)." The book documents the work of his grandfather, who designed over 150 churches and educational buildings, primarily in Illinois. Over 40 of his designs were for Lutheran congregations. 
Submitted: October 6, 2015

J. Nelson Wood — Mt. Vernon, Illinois,  received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Bar Foundation at the organization’s annual Fellows Breakfast on Dec. 12 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The award is given annually to an IBF fellow who has made a significant contribution to law and society. Wood is CEO and general counsel of Wood Energy Inc., an oil and gas exploration company. He is vice president of the Lawyers Assistance Program and a board member of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation of Chicago. Active in the Mt. Vernon community, he serves on the boards of the Police Athletic League, Young Marines and YMCA. 
Submitted: October 1, 2015

Jennifer (Nolden) Reynolds — Macomb, Ill.,  retired after 31 years with the U.S. Postal Service and went back to college at Western Illinois University. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in nursing. She works at WIU as a nurse at Beu Health Center.  
Submitted: July 22, 2013

Donald Shields — Donald passed away April 23rd 2012. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Gary Stanulis — Falls Church, Va. Gary passed away on June 10, 2012. His work took him around the world where he met his beloved wife. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Ann (Busse) Tucker — Sycamore, Ill., retired from Kishwaukee college as Dean of Arts/Communications/Social sciences in May 2009. Her and her husband, James, own Sycamore Antiques in downtown Sycamore. She keeps busy as president of the Kishwaukee symphony orchestra and vice president of the Red Wings collectors society and serves as a Commissioner on the Sycamore Park Board. They have three stepchildren and four grandchildren.  
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Laurie Hrdlicka Knudson — Bannockburn, Ill., her husband Kevin Knudson passed away suddenly on Sept. 14, 2011. Laurie is now employed with FGMK Insurance Agency as their Claims Manager. 
Submitted: March 13, 2012

LeeAnn Lambrecht — Kernensville, N.C., married Charles Banks on Oct. 23, 2011 at Emerald Isle, N.C. They will reside in Kernensville. 
Submitted: January 5, 2012

Patricia Volkman — Carol Stream, Ill., retired from teaching after 34 years from the Fox Lake, Ill., Elementary School District. Patty had recieved her masters in Education from Northern Illinois University in 1983. During her years at Fox Lake, she taught 3rd and then 5th grade. She is looking foward to cointinued volunteer activities in her retirement. Patty and her husband, Steve Volkman '76, reside in Lake Villa, Ill., and are the parents of Erik Volman and Rebecca Bennett (Volkman) '10.  
Submitted: January 13, 2011

Walter H. Wade — Pearland, Texas, is currently serving as an Associate Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  
Submitted: January 15, 2010

Deacon Rick J. Wirch
Deacon Rick J. Wirch

Rick J. Wirch — Muskego, Wis., was ordained a Deacon in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, on June 13, 2009. He is serving as a Deacon at St. Leonard Parish in Muskego. He is a consultant for Fujitsu America. Rick and his wife Mary have two children, Michael and Katie. 
Submitted: September 17, 2009

Gary Stanulis — Yangon, Myanmar, lives in Myanmar with his wife, Andrea and four-year-old son, Adam, where he just graduated preschool. Gary is posted to the U.S. Embassy in Yangon where he is a First Secretary Political Officer, employes by the U.S. Department of State.  
Submitted: July 8, 2009

David Rehm — Mundelein, Ill., retired in 2001 after serving 20 years as VP and CFO for Wells Lamont Corporation. In 2003 he jointly formed Brightview Limited with his long time Hong Kong colleague Frank Lam. Brightview facilitates business relationships between US and Chinese companies, with products and services moving in both directions across the Pacific. 
Submitted: May 12, 2008

William Fergus , Jr. — Racine, Wis., passed away on March 3, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on Dec. 21, 1953, to William L. and Dolores J. (Stump) Fergus. Surviving are his wife, Martha (Keller) Fergus '77; two sons, William L. Fergus III and Thomas A. Fergus; mother, Delores Fergus; brothers, Scott (Sandra) Fergus and Jeff Fergus; and sister, Lisa (Greg) Heal. He was preceded in death by his father, William Fergus Sr. '50. 
Submitted: April 17, 2008

Dean Ennes — Oak Park, Ill., has been elected to the board of directors of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, a voluntary business association dedicated to promoting international commerce. With some 400 members, it is the largest organization of its kind in Illinois. Dean manages Ennes International, a consultancy focused on the planning and financing of infrastructure projects in developing countries. He lives in Oak Park. 
Submitted: February 1, 2008

Brenda J. Bombard-Kiefer — Freeport, Ill., passed away on June 26, 2007. She was the executive director for Sojourn House drug and alcohol treatment center in Freeport, and received a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1997. Brenda was a member of Faith United Methodist Church for 26 years and chaired the finance and staff parish committees. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Kiefer, of Freeport; her mother, Shirley Bombard, of Rockford, Ill.; a daughter, Emily Kiefer of Freeport; a stepson, Jay Kiefer of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Dan Bombard, of Batavia, Ill.; and a sister, Julie Bruno, of Rockford. 
Submitted: October 2, 2007

Martin Phillppi — Pleasanton, Calif., and Leslie (Nickels '76) Phillippi celebrated their 31st anniversary on June 12, 2007. They were the first couple married in Siebert Chapel by Pastor Riggle. Marty has worked for Clorox for 26 years and Leslie is a retired teacher. They are fortunate to have their children, Daniel and Amber, and two grandchildren, Trevor, and Aly, close by. 
Submitted: September 26, 2007

David Rehm — Mundelein, Ill., graduated from Carthage after 10 years of evening school. In 2001 he retired after 20 years as CFO for Wells Lamont in Niles, Ill., and now concentrates on Rehm Associates LLC, a small consulting practice that specializes in mentoring financial professionals. Also, he is part-owner of Brightview Limited; a Hong Kong based trading company that specializes in facilitating trade between US companies and appropriate trading partners in China. He and his wife, Patrice, have three adult sons and six grandchildren.  
Submitted: April 13, 2006

Jill Young Schwartz — Racine, Wis., has been named chairman of the English Department at J.I. Case High School in Racine. 
Submitted: March 17, 2005

Connie (DeGunther) Cowan — Naperville, Ill., has joined the law firm of Huck Briske, Wheaton, Ill. Ms. Cowan specializes in the practice of probate law and estate administration. 
Submitted: September 27, 2004

Linda (Persinger) Osikowicz — Deer Park, Ill., received an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Girls Scouts Sybaquay Council this year. She also earned recognition for her volunteer work to the Church Women United in Barrington, Ill. 
Submitted: December 26, 2003

Gina Madrigrano-Friebus — Kenosha, Wis., The Marquette University Center for Family Business has awarded the Madrigrano Family (Gina '76, Tom, and Aldo '85) Marquette's Family Business Excellence Award in the category of Sustained Growth. The Madrigrano family has been involved in the distribution of beer, liquor, wine and soft drinks for the past 70 years. The four-generation family business operates facilities in Racine, Sussex and Waukesha, Wis. The award dinner was held May 8 at the Marquette Memorial Union on Marquette Campus in Milwaukee. 
Submitted: September 17, 2003

Janice Melby McDowell — S. Elgin, Ill., obtained her master's degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy from National-Louis University, Wheaton, Ill., this past summer. 
Submitted: September 16, 2003

Terri Wilfer Kramer — West Bend, Wis., and husband Joerg have been married for 25 wonderful years. Their 21-year-old son, Jens, earned a bachelor's degree in music and German from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in May. He currently is employed by American Entertainment Production Co. in Pennsylvania. Their 18-year-old son, Stefan, graduated from high school in June and will be studying art with an emphaisis in graphic design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Joerg is a tour operator for Value Holidays in Mequon. Terri continues to teach K-5 music in West Bend and is thankful for the wonderful instruction she received from Carthage. 
Submitted: June 27, 2003

Joel D. Burkholder — Magalia, Calif., married Nicole Carroll in Aug. 1997. Son Caleb Paul was born July 26, 2001. Joel is a pastor at Paradise Lutheran Church, Paradise, Calif. 
Submitted: January 9, 2003

Steve Volkuran — Lake Villa, Ill., is vice president and general manager of the Cochrane Compressor Company. Wife Patty (Kostuba '76) is in her 26th year of teaching in School District #114, Fox Lake, Ill. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Tim Diemer & Marilyn — Elkhart,  Tim and Marilyn Diemer welcomed their second grandchild into the family on February 28th. Rowan Leroy Hirsch joins big sister Allie Rose Hirsch, Dad Ron Hirsch, and Mom Laura Hirsch at home in Gainesville, FL. 
Submitted: June 7, 2022

Tim Diemer & Marilyn — Elkhart, WI,  I have been retired for almost 4 years. I keep busy with supply preaching, reading, traveling, and visiting family and friends. 
Submitted: November 8, 2021

John Shenloogian — Brick, NJ,  I am happy to welcome my 6th grandchild to the family, Declan Michael Shenloogian, born October 8, 2020. He joins his cousins Braelynn, Emily, Henry, Leighton, and Liam. 
Submitted: February 15, 2021

James W Weber & Patricia — Murrieta, CA,  retired after 17 years as Controller for Moorefield Construction, Inc in Santa Ana CA.He and his wife relocated to Murrieta California from Santa Ana in May of 2020. 
Submitted: August 5, 2020

Peter W. Beckstrand — Viroqua, WI,  will retire on June 2, 2019 from Lutheran Ministry in ELCA after serving 28 years at Zion and seven and a half years at Bethany and Bethel Lutheran Churches. He and his wife, Catherine, will continue to reside in Viroqua, WI. 
Submitted: April 16, 2019

Elisabeth Wittman — Chicago, IL,  retired on November 30, 2018 after being a professional archivist since she graduated. This included 25 years with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which is located in Chicago, IL. 
Submitted: December 12, 2018

Daniel L. Gard , Ph.D. — Biloxi, MS,  announced his retirement as President of Concordia University Chicago effective at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. In 2016 he retired from the Navy Reserve as Rear Admiral and Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters. 
Submitted: October 10, 2018

Timothy Diemer — Elkhart, Indiana,  and his wife, Marilyn, announce the birth of their first grandchild, Alexandra Rose. Alexandra was born on December 5, 2017, to Laura Diemer-Hirsch and Ron Hirsch. 
Submitted: December 18, 2017

John Shenloogian — Brick, NJ,  Brick, New Jersey, welcomed his fifth grandchild, Liam Robert Shenloogian, on May 31. 
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Bruce Hansen — Stoughton, WI,  retired from the Rayovac Division of Spectrum Brands in spring 2016 after a 40-year finance and management career in retail and consumer packaged goods. 
Submitted: February 21, 2017

Daniel Lee Gard , Ph.D. — Biloxi, MS,  has retired as rear admiral and deputy chief of chaplains for reserve matters in the U.S. Navy. He continues in his other role as president of Concordia University Chicago. 
Submitted: September 30, 2016

Scott R. Needham — Madison, WI,  has been selected by fellow chief judges from across the state to chair the Committee of Chief Judges, effective Aug. 1. Needham was elected to the St. Croix County bench in 1994 and re-elected three times to six-year terms. He is in his third term as chief judge of the Tenth Judicial Administrative District, which encompasses the northwestern part of the state, including Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, and Washburn counties. “This is a highly knowledgeable group of chief judges, and it is an honor to be selected to work with other chief judges on improving the administration of justice in the circuit courts. As a committee, we look forward to addressing the challenges that face the courts and seizing the opportunities that exist to improve and enhance the judicial system,” Needham said. Working with the district court administrator, the chief judge is responsible for the administration of judicial business in circuit and municipal courts within the district. Before his election to the bench, Needham worked as an attorney in private practice from 1978 to 1994. In 2010, he was chosen Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Committee of Chief Judges consists of one chief judge from each of the state’s 10 judicial administrative districts. The committee chair, informally known as “the chief of the chiefs,” presides over approximately seven committee meetings per year. As needed, the chief judges convene subcommittees to consider issues and problems facing the trial courts. Needham also serves on the Supreme Court Finance Committee, Judicial Committee on Child Welfare, and Statewide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He previously served on the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, Judicial Education Committee, and six years as deputy chief judge of the Tenth Judicial Administrative District. 
Submitted: September 15, 2016

Lizzy loves her new brother, Luke
Lizzy loves her new brother, Luke

Deborah Lynn (Kusch) Morales & Ken — Sun City West, Arizona,  and her husband, Ken, became grandparents for the second time on June 2. Their grandson, Lucas Christian Steck, weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. He joins 2-year-old sister Elizabeth. 
Submitted: September 10, 2016

Deborah Lynn (Kusch) Morales — Arlington Heights, IL,  and her husband, Ken, became first time grandparents on May 14, 2014. Their daughter, Meghan Steck, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Elizabeth Barbara. Elizabeth weighed in at 7lbs. 13oz. and was 21" long. Debbie's son-in-law, Fred, is enjoying his time, too, as a first-time dad.  
Submitted: January 12, 2015

Daniel Lee Gard , Ph.D. — River Forest, IL,  was inaugurated as the 11th President of Concordia University Chicago on October 10, 2014. He continues to serve as a Rear Admiral and Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters in the U.S. Navy.  
Submitted: November 14, 2014

Daniel Lee Gard , Ph.D. — River Forest, Ill.,  was elected as the 11th president of Concordia University Chicago.  
Submitted: June 14, 2014

John Shenloogian — Brick, N.J.,  and his wife, Roberta, announce the birth of their granddaughter, Emily Mary Shenloogian, born Feb. 18, 2013.  
Submitted: January 8, 2014

Wierig/Sandefur wedding
Wierig/Sandefur wedding

Victoria Wierig — San Diego,  married Russ Sandefur in Kauai, Hawaii, on Sept. 30, 2013. The couple resides in San Diego, where Victoria celebrated her 30th anniversary as executive director of the Downtown San Diego Lions Club in 2013. They met while country western dancing, which they still enjoy, along with all things "Star Trek." 
Submitted: January 4, 2014

Daniel L. Gard , Ph.D. — Fort Wayne, Ind.,  was promoted to Rear Admiral and serves in Washington as the 18th Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters in the United States Navy. In civilian life, he continues to serve as Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Submitted: November 3, 2013

Jane (Slezak) Sturgeon — Green Oaks, Ill.,  received a certificate of merit in botanical art from the Chicago Botanic Garden in October 2012 and is now a certified botanical artist. Her artwork was displayed at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Other art exhibits in which she has participated include the Reed-Turner Woodland Botanical Artists' Circle at Byerson Forest Preserve. Jane and her husband, Les, have four children: Mary, Megan, Courtney, and Ryan. 
Submitted: April 4, 2013

Daniel I. Gard — Fort Wayne, Ind., continues to serve as Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. As Navy Reserve chaplain deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Cuba, he has been nominated by President Barack Obama for appointment as a Rear Admiral and, pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, will be assigned as the Navy's Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters. 
Submitted: February 18, 2013

Janet Robenstern — Barrington, Ill., passed away in May 2012. She is survived by her parents. 
Submitted: October 23, 2012

Donald j. Duda — Donald passed away June 14 2012. He worked as a biologist at SC Johnson for 32 years. As a young man he was involved with Big Brothers 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

John Shenloogian — Brink, N.J., and his wife Bobbi Shenloogian announce the birth of their first grandchild, Braelynn Alysse Ingram. She was born July 24, 2011 in Brick, N.J., to Dana (Shenloogian) Ingram and James Ingram.  
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Bill Chapin — Grayslake, IL., retired in may from Warren township where he taught English for 15 years and served as director of educational technology for 17 years. He is now teaching jazz piano and consulting on educational technology in a number of schools. His wife Amy, ('81), runs academic coaching services where she specializes in coordinating all of a family's resources in favor of their student's learning. She also tutors College of Lake County students in writing in the college writing center.  
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Robert Finer — Star, Idaho, passed away Nov. 17, 2010. Robert (Bob) Finer was killed in an airplane crash. We have lost an outstanding air tanker pilot, husband, father and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family in their time of loss. Bob is survived by his wife Dena and four children. Bob started his firefighting career as an Air Attack pilot in April of 2001, flying OV-10 aircraft. He eventually moved into flying the S2-T airtanker as a trainee tanker pilot in 2003 and then became a fully qualified initial attack rated airtanker pilot in July of 2004. Bob flew as the primary air attack pilot or air tanker pilot at several bases throughout the state and was highly regarded for his professionalism and his airmanship. Bob will certainly be missed by all of us. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Deborah Kusch Morales — Palatine, Ill., retired from teaching in June 2008. She began in 1975 and taught Kindergarten, first grade, third grade and in the Learning Resource Center, during her last 8 years with the district. She and her husband, Ken, now reside in Sun City West, Ariz., in the winter months, and spend portions of the summer in their New Lisbon, Wis., log home.  
Submitted: July 31, 2010

Scott Needham — New Richmond, Wis., was honored as "2010 Trial Judge of the Year" by American Board of Trial Advocates. He is completeing his 16th year as a circuit court judge; he is presiding judge in county and deputy chief judge of 10th judicial district. He was selected to attend the Hague, Netherlands Internation Courts Conference in Sept 2010. 
Submitted: July 7, 2010

Carol Nailor — Kenosha, Wis., was selected by her colleagues to receive the Southern Lakes United Educatiors CLASS award (Celebrating Leadership and Achievement in the Schools.) The award recognizes outstanding contributions in public education. Just completed 35 years of teaching and coaching at Randall School in Kenosha County.  
Submitted: July 7, 2010

Bill Chapin — Grayslake, Ill., directs the educational technology department at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill., where he has worked as an English teacher and adminstrator since 1978. He plays and teaches jazz piano on the side. His wife, Amy (Allen) Chapin '81, consults and teaches at the writing center at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, and works privately with students and families as an academic coach.  
Submitted: November 12, 2008

Carl Lorence — Harrisburg, Pa., was saluted by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as one of 12 conservation-minded Pennsylvanians posted at He was recognized for his volunteer work in building and maintaining foot trails. 
Submitted: September 29, 2008

Judy Schmidtke Latman — Westmont, Ill., has retired from the Lindop school district in June, after 34 years of teaching 1st grade, to join her retired husband, Steve.  
Submitted: April 30, 2008

Paul Crisp — Hillside, Ill., and Gail (Stetich) Crisp have recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. 
Submitted: October 11, 2005

Carl Anderson — Roseville, Minn., and Deborah Verdoorn were married Aug. 13, 2005, at Faith United Methodist Church in St. Anthony, Minn. Deb is senior developer of product content at TREND Enterprises and Carl is a field manager for Xerox Corporation. 
Submitted: October 8, 2005

Elisabeth Wittman — Chicago, Ill., was elected president of the Midwest Archives Conference for a two-year term. The organization includes nearly 1,000 individual and institutional members in 13 states. She is Director for Archives and Chief Archivist of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago. 
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Debbie Kusch Morales — Dundee, Ill., recently received the Kimball Hill School, School District #15 March-Employee-of-the-Month award. The Illinois State Senate recognized her for receiving this award and for her dedication to the teaching profession. The National Congress of Parents and Teachers awarded an Honorary Life Membership to her, in recognition of her contributions to improving the quality of life of children and youth. She lives with husband Ken, daughter Meghan, 19, and son, Michael, 18. 
Submitted: January 15, 2003

Ruth Lesher — Berkley, Calif., is a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union - Berkley, Calif., where she is studying Christian spirituality and comparative religions with an emphasis in feminist/womanist theologies. The Rev. Lesher serves as pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Calif., and at Hope Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek, Calif. 
Submitted: December 16, 2002

Mimi (Stavros) Almonroeder — Alton, Ill., has been teaching art at North Middle School in Godfrey, Ill. for the past 10 years. She earned a master's degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University in May 2000. Her 20-year-old daughter, Mary, is a junior at the University of Illinois. 
Submitted: November 18, 2002

Donald Pesko — Crystal Lake, Ill., is an advanced procurement manager at Videojet Technologist, Inc., Wood Dale, Ill. He and wife Sandy have two daughters: Kristin, 15, and Lauren, 11. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Vicki Grant — Eden Prairie, MN,  retired in March after completing a 45 year long career in IT that included working for AAL, Pillsbury, and U.S. Bank. 
Submitted: October 21, 2020

Mark and Janet (Zeiler) Shimkus
Mark and Janet (Zeiler) Shimkus

Mark Shimkus — Racine, WI,  and Janet (Zeiler) celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this past summer in Anguilla, an island in the British West Indies. They traveled to the Caribbean on their honeymoon 31 years ago to Negril, Jamaica. They have continued their annual travels to the Caribbean the past 31 years, but their favorite locations have been Anguilla and Turks and Caicos. They love the beautiful beaches and calm turquoise waters! 
Submitted: January 30, 2020

Mr. Kent Gaertner
Mr. Kent Gaertner

Kent Gaertner — Aurora, IL,  was honored by the DuPage County Bar Association with it's annual Ralph A. Gabric Award on June 7, 2019. This award is given annually to the attorney member whose character, leadership and legal professionalism has significantly enhanced the DuPage County Bar Association. Mr. Gaertner was previously chosen as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year and served the DuPage County Bar Association as its President in 2009-2010. He is currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors. He practices bankruptcy law and commercial litigation with Pfeiffer Law Offices in Wheaton, IL. Him and his wife, Mary, reside in Aurora. 
Submitted: June 28, 2019

Sarah Bryan Miller
Sarah Bryan Miller

Sarah Bryan Miller — Ballwin, MO,  will be awarded the Avis Blewett Award on May 20, 2019 from the American Guild of Organist - St. Louis Chapter. It is their highest honor for being "consistently supportive and an advocate for organ and choral music in the St. Louis area." Ms. Miller has also been named a Media Person of the Year by the St. Louis Press Club, to be honored at a gala on Nov. 21, 2019. One of seven honorees, and one of only two from the print media, Bryan has been the classical music critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since September 1, 1998. Prior to that, she was a professional mezzo-soprano in the Chicago area, and a freelancer for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. 
Submitted: April 18, 2019

John Vitkus — Kenosha, WI,  retired on June 30, 2018 as vice president of Powerbrace Corporation, a division of Miner Enterprises, in Kenosha, WI after 44 years. Mr. Vitkus started as a buyer/expediter after graduation in 1974 with further promotions to purchasing agent, purchasing manager, assistant vice president purchasing, vice president purchasing, and vice president operations. He has four sons, eight grandchildren, and another on the way. Mr. Vitkus has plans to travel, golf, and attend the grandkids games, meets, recitals and plays in retirement with his wife, Margie, of 42 years. 
Submitted: April 16, 2019

Kent Gaertner — Aurora, IL,  was named the DuPage County Bar Association's "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016/2017. He was also reelected to a three year term on the Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors. He has practiced law in DuPage County, IL for forty years. 
Submitted: November 19, 2018


Mark Shimkus — Racine, WI,  celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife, Janet (Zeiler), on July 2, 2018. To celebrate, they went to the island of Anguilla, in the British West Indies. They have traveled the Caribbean for over 30 years and consider Anguilla, as well as Turks and Caicos, their favorite destinations. 
Submitted: October 23, 2018

Stan Breitzman — Park Ridge, IL,  retired after 44 years of teaching Physical Education. Stan taught 37 years at Loyola Academy High School and 7 years in the Maine township school district. Stan's wife Gigi, also taught for 30 years as a kindergarten teacher at Forrest School in Des Plaines. Both Stan and his wife, Gigi, officially retired on June 7, 2018 and are excited to start their retirement together! 
Submitted: June 7, 2018

Mark Shimkus — Racine, WI,  Racine, Wisconsin, and his wife, Janet, celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in July with a trip to the British West Indies. They enjoy traveling in the Caribbean.  
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Mark Shimkus & Janet (Zeiler) — Racine, Wisconsin,  started a second career in food production and has worked in that area for the last 14 years after a 25-year teaching career. He enjoys vacationing in the Caribbean each summer with his wife, Janet. They have traveled to Jamaica (14 times), Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos (twice), Mexico, Aruba, and Anguilla. 
Submitted: April 25, 2016

Kent A. Gaertner , JD — Aurora, Illinois,  recently was selected by Leading Lawyer Magazine as one of the top 10 personal bankruptcy attorneys in Illinois in the March 2016 issue. Kent is a past president of the DuPage County Bar Association and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors. 
Submitted: April 19, 2016

Henry Belusa — Tampa, Florida ,  has retired from Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation after almost 35 years. He was responsible for equity markets and was one of the original architects of the post-trade process for exchange trade funds (ETFs), which now total more than $2 trillion in assets under management. In 2013, Mr. Belusa was part of the bell-ringing ceremony at the NYSE celebrating the 20th anniversary of ETFs. 
Submitted: June 8, 2015

Greg Clapper — Greenwood, Indiana,  recently retired from the U.S. Air Force as a full colonel. He continues a full professor of religion and philosophy at the University of Indianapolis. His wife, Jody (Rigg) Clapper, is a yoga instructor at a local church, an assisted living center, and their home studio. She also attended Carthage and was active in Pi Theta. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Kent A. Gaertner — Aurora, Illinois ,  principal at Kent A. Gaertner P.C. and "of counsel" with Springer Brown LLC in Wheaton, Illinois, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). The 27-member board oversees the operations and activities of the statewide organization. Mr. Gaertner concentrates his practice in bankruptcy law and workouts. Active in the ISBA, he is an elected member of its Assembly, as well as a member of the Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section Council and the Standing Committee on Marketing and Communications. He serves as a hearing officer with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee. Mr. Gaertner also holds memberships with the Kane County Bar Association, DuPage County Justinian Society of Lawyers, and DuPage Association of Women Lawyers. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Greg Clapper — Greenwood, Indiana,  played a part in a recently published book, “Flight 232” by Laurence Gonzales. The book discusses the crash and recovery of United Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Clapper, the chaplain at the scene of the crash in 1989, has been actively involved in the recovery process and was asked to lead the 25th anniversary service in 2014. Based on his experiences there, he wrote “When the World Breaks Your Heart,” published in 1999. 
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Stephanie Buehler — Big Horn, Wyoming,  continues to work as a medical technologies at a local hospital.  
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Steve Clawson — Boca Raton, Flor. ,  Since 1974 several Tau Sigma Phi alumni have gathered to enjoy friendship and brotherhood. We shared planning the fraternity’s 10, 20, 50th reunions, college dating, weddings, our children’s weddings, funerals and other of life’s major events. Careers have taken us both near and far from Illinois and Wisconsin, but the emotional bond created at Carthage through pledging, partying, and classes continue to keep this group gathering to share new life experiences. Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida homes have been the gathering places over the past 40 years. The parties have slowed down with as much water being finished as beer. Beer is now purchased by six pack and case instead of half barrel. It’s now craft style rather than Old Milwaukee. Seeing the sunrise means it’s time to think about waking up, not going to bed. Wives, several Pi Theta and Kappa Chi Omega sisters, are best friends sharing life’s stories and tolerating husbands antics and stories at these gatherings. Euchre, racquetball, poker, and golf tournaments are always prevalent. The 2:00 AM air guitar and curling iron karaoke at the first gathering is one more rehashed memory. But the backbone of it all is the bond formed 40+ years ago on 2 South and the strong marriages we each committed to many years ago that keeps this group gathering year after year. It’s been a great forty years with many more gatherings to come. (BR: Larry Olson, John Johnston, Steve Clawson, Phil Slocum, Dan Alex, John Roe, Wes VonSeggern. FR: Tom Hurckes, Mike Weerda, Jim Gillen, absent from photo is Rick Chroust) 
Submitted: October 14, 2014

Mark Shimkus — Racine, Wisconsin,  has worked in multiple fields since graduation: first, as a teacher for 24 years, and now in a food warehouse for the past 11 years. His hobbies include gardening and traveling to such destinations as Negril, Jamaica (15 times); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Riviera Maya, Mexico; Aruba; and Turks and Caicos. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

A group recently got together for the "Big Chill" 2014. Pictured: BR: Larry Olson, John Johnston, Steve Clawson, Phil Slocum, Dan Alex, John Roe, Wes VonSeggern.  FR: Tom Hurckes, Mike Weerda, Jim Gillen (absent from photo is Rick Chroust)
A group recently got together for the "Big Chill" 2014. Pictured: BR: Larry Olson, John Johnston, Steve Clawson, Phil Slocum, Dan Alex, John Roe, Wes VonSeggern. FR: Tom Hurckes, Mike Weerda, Jim Gillen (absent from photo is Rick Chroust)

Steve Clawson & Robin (Clawson) — Boca Raton, Florida,  Even after over 40 years, the Tau Sigma Phi brotherhood remains as strong as it was back in the 1970s. Since 1974, several Tau Sigma Phi alumni have gathered to enjoy friendship and brotherhood. We shared planning the fraternity’s 10, 20, 50-year reunions, college dating, weddings, our children’s weddings, funerals and other of life’s major events. Careers have taken us both near and far from Illinois and Wisconsin, but the emotional bond created at Carthage through pledging, partying, and classes continue to keep this group gathering to share new life experiences. Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida homes have been the gathering places over the past 40 years... Wives, several Pi Theta and Kappa Chi Omega sisters, are best friends sharing life’s stories and tolerating husbands antics and stories at these gatherings. Euchre, racquetball, poker, and golf tournaments are always prevalent. The 2 a.m. air guitar and curling iron karaoke at the first gathering is one more rehashed memory. But the backbone of it all is the bond formed 40+ years ago on 2 South, and the strong marriages we each committed to many years ago that keeps this group gathering year after year. It’s been a great 40 years, with many more gatherings to come. Thanks for keeping Carthage Flame burning, Tau Sigma Phi alumni! 
Submitted: July 14, 2014

Sarah Bryan Miller
Sarah Bryan Miller

Sarah Bryan Miller — St. Louis,  is the classical music critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also writes about visual arts and reviews books and the occasional movie for the Post-Dispatch. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Bryan has written about various aspects of the disease and works with women who recently have been diagnosed. A licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, Bryan is active in her home parish of St. Peter's/St. Louis. She lives in suburban St. Louis with her younger daughter, Eleanor Rix, and a spoiled orange cat named Iris. 
Submitted: April 12, 2014

Kent Gaertner — Aurora, Ill.,  recently was named a hearing officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Kent is an attorney in Wheaton, Ill., concentrating in bankruptcy matters. He is a past president of the DuPage County Bar Association and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly. 
Submitted: March 28, 2014

Stephanie Buehler — Big Horn, Wyo., still works as a medical technologist at the county hospital in Sheridan, Wyo. She saw her sister Alison (Schultz '74) Mohns and brother-in-law Steve '75, who traveled from Seattle, at Christmas. 
Submitted: April 23, 2013

Jeff Wedge — Port Orange, Fla., recently published a novel, "Foot in Hand," with Bookfreelance Publishing. The novel focuses on the rescue of kidnapped African Americans just before the Civil War. It is to be the first book in a series. 
Submitted: April 23, 2013

Lin (Shanks) Lindemann — Gurnee, Ill., retired after 35 years of teaching. She now volunteers at a private school, teaching writing to middle-schoolers. Other activities include aerobics and yoga classes, running her antiques business, reading, travel, and spending lots of time with her grandchildren, Andrew, 9, and Haley, 5.  
Submitted: December 3, 2012

Rev. A. Clausen — Tiffin, Ohio, passed away on Sept. 6, 2012. He is survived by his mother, Joan, of Machesney Park, Ill.; three daughters, Sarah, of Philadelphia, Krista Stallard, of Findlay, Ohio, and Linnea, of Columbus, Ohio; five brothers, Peter, of Malden, Ill., Steven, of Loves Park, Ill., James, of St. Paul, Minn., Michael, of Albany, Ga., and Jeffrey, of Roscoe, Ill.; and three sisters, Christine, of Ingleside, Texas, Jacqueline Bauer, of Mendota, Ill., and Karen Osuga, of Rockford, Ill. 
Submitted: October 19, 2012

Jack Bainbridge — Frankfort, Ill., is enjoying life with his wife and three children. He is an attorney in Flossmoor, Ill., and has been in the general practice of law for 32 years. 
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Stephanie Buehler — is still a a medical technologist at our local county hospital. 
Submitted: October 17, 2011

Su Ash Gustafson — Lake Geneva, WI. played a flute duet with Martha Keller Jones('77) at the 38th annual Alumni Recital on homecoming weekend. They have played in over 20 of the recitals.  
Submitted: October 17, 2011

Henry Belusa — Chatham Township, N.J., last year Henry and his wife (Debbie) led a group of 52 high school students and adults to build a home on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in Eagle Butte, S.D. The trip was part of their annual church youth mission trip. In the past Henry and his wife have traveled to New Orleans (twice after Hurricane Katrina) and Port Arthur Tepas after Hurricane Rita. This year they will be going to Selbyville, W.V. partnering with World Vision. Henry and his wife are currently a second year seminarian at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, N.J. Their church is Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township.  
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Lawrence Coots — Orange Park, Fla., became chief medical officer of Orange Park. His first grandson, Andrew Stephen Coots, was born in May 2010. 
Submitted: January 13, 2011

Vicki Petreman — Riverside, Ohio, received a Master's in Educational Leadership and National Board Certification in 2008. She was named Dayton Public School Teacher of the Year in May 2009, and is currently teaching 3-5th grade children with Autism.  
Submitted: July 8, 2010

Ronald W. Springer — Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away on Feb 7, 2010. Rev. Ronald W. Springer died of Pneumonia complications. He was a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and led LCA/ELCA congregations in San Bruno, Calif., Merrick, N.Y., and Fort Lauderdale. He is survived by his wife Marion (Giese '74). A lyric baritone, Ron was well-known on campus for his solo performances with the college choir and leading roles in Theatre Department productions.  
Submitted: February 22, 2010

Lin Shanks Lindemann — Gurnee, Ill., has been teaching high school English for 32 years and was recently nominated for a Golden Apple. She is also in her 12th year as an antiques dealer, a part time business. Her and her husband, Jim are enoying their grandchildren, Andrew, 5 and Haley, 2.  
Submitted: January 18, 2010

Craig LeRette — Aurora, Ill., is currently a technician at Fermi National Accelerator Lab assisting in the testing of conventional and super conducting magnets, and also the testing of super conductin R.F. cavities, which will "drive" the new Linear collider.  
Submitted: January 15, 2010

Linda Yeaton Day — Lafayette, Ind., shares what she has been doing recently. In addition to being a wife to her husband, Jerry, and mother to their sons Jerrod, a junior at Purdue University, and Lewis, a sophomore in high school, she has also been serving on the Tippecanoe School Corporation Board of School Trustees for the past eleven years. During that time, she served as vice president for two years and president for three years. The corporation has about 12,000 students and have built five new schools in the time that Linda has been on the board, making the total 18 schools. She has also been active on the Indiana School Boards Association Board of Directors, serving four years as Region Four Director, then as second and first vice president. Linda is currently serving as president of ISBA, and is very proud of the fact that they continue to have 100 percent membership participation by their public school boards in Indiana. Linda is also in her third year of serving on the State of Indiana Education Roundtable. It is something she enjoys because it brings together leaders in education, business, and politics. When Linda is not doing "school board stuff," she volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America, helping to run the Sagamore Council Cub Scout summer resident camps amount other things. She was honored to receive the BSA Silver Beaver Award last spring, and looks forward to continuing her work with Boy Scouts. 
Submitted: July 7, 2009

Rev. A. Clausen — Tiffin, Ohio., recently had a Palm Sunday anthem: "Hosanna to our Savior King," published by Morning Star Publishers. He is presently completing a collection of new hymn texts he has composed over the past 18 years. John serves as pastor at Saint John Lutheran Church, Deshler, Ohio. 
Submitted: April 29, 2008

Co-Owner of the Outdoor Drive In, Jan Weems
Co-Owner of the Outdoor Drive In, Jan Weems

Jan (Whitehouse) Weems — Burlington, Wis., taught 1st grade in Burlington for 13 years, then moved to the Chicago area to raise a family. Now she is back in Burlington, with her husband Joe and her youngest daughter Kikki who is graduating from high school this June. Her oldest daughter Susanna, is married to Lee Fenlon. They have four lively little boys: David, Zachary, Daniel, and William. 
Submitted: March 24, 2008

Stephanie P. Buehler — Big Horn, Wyo., works full time as a medical technologist in the county hospital, Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County; she has been there for 32 years. At home, she works on her roses, writing, and raising two dogs, a yellow and black lab.  
Submitted: November 13, 2007

Steve Clawson — Kirkland, Wash., accepted a PGA professional position at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. 
Submitted: November 12, 2007

Lin Shanks Lindemann — Gurnee, Ill., and Jim Lindemann are proud to announce the birth of a granddaughter, Haley Jane Yates. Haley Jane was born Oct. 25, 2007 and weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces She joins mom, Susan, dad, Jason, and 3-year-old brother, Andrew. 
Submitted: November 12, 2007

Todd Lund — Appleton, Wis., announces the birth of his first grandchild, Addison Marie on July 25, 2006. Addison is the first child for his son Eric and wife Kelly. Todd is an alcohol and drug abuse counselor for Lutheran Social Services.  
Submitted: December 13, 2006

Su Ash Gustafson — Lake Geneva, Wis., recently completed work on her new business website: She is married to Mark Gustafson '76. 
Submitted: November 30, 2005

Jeanine Kopecky — Elkhorn, Wis., has been active on the WAFLT (Wisconsin Association of Language Teachers) Executive Board, serving as a conference program chair. She is teaching French at Lake Geneva Middle School. 
Submitted: January 10, 2005

Jeff Wedge — Port Orange, Fla., has authored eight books and a wealth of articles and church dramas that have been published over the last 25 years. A former parish pastor and Christian education director, he is the founder and vice president of a company for development and delivery training, as well as a freelance writer of magazine articles and contract technical work with over 200 appearances in print. He is an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he serves as a lay assisting minister and lay preacher. He holds an M.Div. degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. 
Submitted: November 19, 2004

Phyllis (Griffiths) Prochacka — Honey Creek, Wis., passed away June 19. She earned both her bachelor's degree and her master of education degree '90 from Carthage. She is survived by husband John and sons Zachariah and Abraham. 
Submitted: July 21, 2003

Sharon Engelmann — Kenosha, Wis., completed her 15th year at Jockey International. Prior to joining Jockey, she taught in Catholic schools for 15 years. 
Submitted: January 10, 2003

Elizabeth Ann McEachern — Davis, Calif., passed away March 19, 2002. She was the first female student to be elected student body president. Ms. McEachern is survived by daughter Kathryn Ann McEacher. 
Submitted: July 3, 2002

Roxanne Schmidt — Eau Claire, Wis., passed away March 22, 2002. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Richard James Perry , Jr., PhD. — Chicago, Illinois,  retired from full time teaching at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago after 22 years. He looking forward to plenty of golf, some travel, and other fun activities. 
Submitted: April 4, 2019

Jill (Pryse) Svoboda — Kenosha, WI,  welcomed her fifth grandchild in November 2018. 
Submitted: December 13, 2018

Mary Beth (Schmidt) Ryan — Wheeling, Illinois,  and her husband, Rick, are proud to announce the marriage of their son, Quinn Ryan '07, to Linsey Crowninshield on September 20, 2014. The wedding took place at Gillson Park in Wilmette. followed by a reception at Revolution Brewery in Chicago.  
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Sharyn (Sisk) Sheen — Janesville, Wisconsin ,  retired in 2010 after 34 years in education. She was a teacher and guidance counselor in both the school districts of Delavan - Darien and Janesville. She resides with her husband, David, a retired city of Janesville firefighter. Sharyn more recently has substituted in the guidance departments of the school districts of Edgerton and Delevan-Darien and works as an historical researcher/genealogist for the Rock County Historical Society.  
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Karen Wolfe — Bremen, Ga.,  a psychology major in college, has continued in the field ever since — with military service tossed in. She reports that she is not close to retirement and is working at her private practice in Georgia. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Barbara (Anger) Penington — Whitewater, Wis.,  is retiring after teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for the past 20 years. During her career, she achieved the rank of full professor, served as the chair of the Department of Communication, and was awarded the W.P. Roseman Award in 2007, the university's highest award for teaching excellence. After graduating from Carthage, Barbara earned a master's degree in communication from UW-Whitewater and her Ph.D. from Marquette University in the area of family communication. Her husband, Harry, is a member of the Carthage Class of 1973. 
Submitted: July 23, 2013

William Madole — Libertyville, Ill.,  Jan. 7, 2013. Bill Madole was a superintendent for Pickus Construction in Waukegan, Ill., retiring in 1991, and was a member of the Bricklayers Local #20. Previously, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was an active member and past commander of the Libertyville American Legion Post #329. He was also former assistant chief for the Libertyville Fire Department and past president of the Lake County Fireman's Association. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Myrle Madole; daughters, Linda Busch and Pennye Arana, both of Round Lake, Ill.; sons George and Richard, both of Libertyville, Ill.; brother James, of Toluca, Ill.; sister, Cleo Melendy of Libertyville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Madole, in 1963; and brothers, Norman, John, Herman, and Tom.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

Eric Koster — Manitowish Waters, Wis.,  and his wife, Mary, officially retired to the north woods of Wisconsin in March 2012. After a year in the "woods," they report that they are happy with their choice. They just finished maple sugaring and produced more than four gallons of "liquid gold." They are blessed with two grandchildren, Lyllie and Finn. 
Submitted: May 2, 2013

Jay Zvolanek — Downers Grover, Ill.,  and Leslie Cunningham were married on Aug. 12, 2011. They have done quite a bit of traveling in a professional capacity as members of a delegation from The Academy of General Dentistry to China. Most recently, Jay led a seminar at Nueltin Lake in Canada, where he spoke on sports dentistry and trauma management, and Leslie gave a presentation on internal marketing for dental practices. The couple had the opportunity to hone their fishing skills, with Jay qualifying for the Manitoba Master Angler Specialist Award for lake trout and Leslie winning a Mepps Trophy for northern pike. Jay has four grown children, Bryan, Nick, Josh and Claire. Leslie has two grown children, Sarah and John Calvin. 
Submitted: April 3, 2013

Jill (Pryse) Svoboda — Kenosha, Wis., and her husband, Woody, recently attended the Pillars of Honor program held in Kenosha on Sept. 9. Her husband, a World War II veteran, was among the veterans honored. 
Submitted: October 15, 2012

Eric Koster — Manitowish Waters, Wis., and wife, Mary (Cato '73) both recently retired from too many years of working as counselors at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. They have moved to their new new "retirement" home in Manitowish Waters. Eric designed and participated in the construction of the house. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Kurt Hilden — Albuquerque, N.M., received a Ph.D. in Theology on May 4, 2012. He attends St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, the oldest Lutheran congregation in the state. 
Submitted: May 5, 2012

Doris M. Vakos — Las Vegas, Nev., passed away Dec. 23, 2011 at the home of her son in Las Vegas. She graduated from Kenosha High School in 1941 and then attended St. Luke's School of Nursing, graduating in 1945. In 1973 she graduated from Carthage College, Magna Cum Laude. She married Klem Vakos on Aug. 11, 1949 and was employed first as a nurse and then as a hospital administrator by St. Luke's Hospital. She was also an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and an active bridge player. Additional interests included golf, participating in women's clubs at Johnson's Park and Shoop's Park. She will be greatly missed. Doris is survived by her son, James Vakos and other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter Penelope. 
Submitted: January 20, 2012

Jill M. Svoboda — Kenosha, Wis., will be celebrating the marriages of her two grandchildren (Erin and Justin) who will be married six weeks apart. She is looking forward to this fun and busy time for her family. She wishes continued great success to Carthage College.  
Submitted: October 11, 2010

Carol Pfister — Lac Du Flambeau, Wis., retired to Lac du Flambeau after selling Pfister's Pflowers in Racine, Wis. She now spends six months on the lake in Wisconsin and 6 months in Green Valley, Ariz. Carol started teaching for Pima Community College this year, teaching classes in floral design.  
Submitted: January 18, 2010

Nancy Bartels Holiman — Buffalo, N. Y., is working at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Foundation in Buffalo. As a member of the major gifts team, she is establishing a "grateful patient" fundraising program, training the physicians on indicators of capacity and interest, creating philanthropic visions for each disease site and stewarding patient- donors as they make their gifts. 
Submitted: January 12, 2009

Martin Cash — Waukegan, Ill., has just joined the staff at St Catherine's Medical Center, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., after spending 20 years with the Village of Glendale Heights, Ill., as Director of Emergency Services.  
Submitted: November 4, 2008

Claudia Hughes Dijstelbergen — Leaf River, Ill., and her husband, Willem, of 36 years are both retired on their farm outside of Leaf River. Over the past year, they have experienced the marriages of two of the three children, welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, and added two more beagles totaling two beagles to the family house pets. This past spring, they visited Dutch family and friends in the Netherlands. Their farm orchard provides family, friends, and local farmers' markets with apples and cider in fall. Willem is involved with aternative energy strategies and successfully powers 1/3 of their household electrical consumption with solar panels. Claudia has been a member of the Leaf River Township Plan Commission for the past 15 years. 
Submitted: July 22, 2008

Dorci holding Jarodd
Dorci holding Jarodd

Rodney Walker — Milwaukee, Wis., and Jackie Walker would like to introduce Jarodd William, born Dec. 18, 2007. He joins a sister, Dorci Leigh, 3. 
Submitted: May 16, 2008

Jerry T. Souta — Tinley Park, Ill., and Mary Catherine Swieton were married on Aug. 11, 2007. Mary works as a special education teacher at Chaney-Monge Elementary School in Crest Hill, Ill. Jerry is works full time as a licensed behavioral clinician with Resurrection Health Care in Melrose Park, Ill., and part time as a stated supply pastor with Addison Presbyterian Church in Addison, Ill. 
Submitted: December 4, 2007

Paul S. Price — Hartland, Wis., Paul Price is proud to announce the birth of his granddaughter, Madeline Annabelle Price. Madeline was born in April 2007. Her dad, Eric Price, graduated from Carthage in 2002. 
Submitted: November 13, 2007

Karen L. Wolfe — Bremen, Ga., is very busy with her private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is balancing that with time with her horses and is working toward becoming a grower of organic fresh foods for a local farmer co-operative. Karen has been supplying organic fresh eggs to the co-operative. 
Submitted: December 12, 2006

Thomas Mohr — Pleasantville, Iowa., and wife Pam celebrated the birth of their seventh and eighth grandchildren right before Christmas. Tom has done general dentistry for 26 years and this year will take his third dental mission trip abroad.  
Submitted: January 5, 2006

Ken Brandt — Sheboygan, Wis., opened Brandt's Cheese Haus in July 2004 in Sheboygan. The shop offers cheeses from Wisconsin and around the world, as well as specialty wines and beers. His wife Jan (Gartzke '73) is employed as a financial consultant for US Bancorp Investments. For the sixth year in a row she has been a President's Club top producer. 
Submitted: January 11, 2005

Lynda (Helm) Laudonio — Kenosha, Wis., has been a special education teacher in Kenosha for the past 31 years. During the 2003-04 school year she and five colleagues co-wrote a grant as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. This grant aims to have all children reading proficiently by the third grade. Ms. Laudonio is her school's coordinator for the implementation of its Reading First Grant. Her position includes supporting the K-3 teachers, collecting data and reporting it to the state DPI, working with students on interventions, connecting with parents, and providing staff development. She is enjoying the challenges of her career and is grateful to be utilizing the reading licenses that she earned at Carthage. 
Submitted: September 30, 2004

Jay W. Zvolanek — Downers Grove, Ill., has received the prestigious Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in July at a convocation ceremony held during the AGD's annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. In order to earn this honor, Dr. Zvolanek completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive written examination, and fulfilled five years of continuous membership with the AGD. The Fellowship Award symbolizes excellence in the dental profession and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care. Dr. Zvolanek has now joined an elite group of approximately 13,400 renowned professionals who have received fellowship honors. He shares his office with his wife Janet, who is a pediatrician. The two have been married for 30 years and have four children: Bryan, Nicholas, Joshua, and Claire. 
Submitted: August 12, 2004

Paul S. Price — Hartland, Wis., has been named a partner at Diversified Insurance Services located in Waukesha, Wis. 
Submitted: August 10, 2004

Claudia G. (Hughes) Dijstelbergen — Leaf River, Ill., serves as secretary of the Leaf River Township Planning Commission. She is on a leave of absence as learning disabilities and life skills instructor at Black Hawk Junior High School in Mount Morris, Ill. Claudia and her retired husband Willem have made art history and educational trips overseas to New Zealand, Italy, China, and the Netherlands. They also are actively establishing an apple orchard and pursuing energy independence utilizing solar power. 
Submitted: August 10, 2004

Eric Koster — Kenosha, Wis., and his wife Mary (Cato '73) both work at Gateway Technical college. Mary is the Advanced Standing Counselor and Eric is an Admissions Counselor. They have two daughters, Emily, 25, and Betsy, 22. Emily is a graduate student in education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Betsy is a graduate student in speech pathology at Boston University in Boston. 
Submitted: December 8, 2003

Jim Imme — Waterford, Wis., is the owner of Imme Transport and Triann Inc. His wife Kathy (Kienappel) is the owner and teacher of Immes Learning Corner. They have a daughter, Tricia, who is a first grade teacher. 
Submitted: December 5, 2003

Ronald Frenk & Elaine Frenk — Harvard, Ill., now works for RAA, which is an Anesthesiology group in Rockford. He also works at St. Anthony's Hospital as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Ronald also has a son, Steven, who is currently a junior at Carthage. 
Submitted: November 18, 2003

Jill M. Svoboda — Kenosha, Wis., and her husband Woodrow are traveling and visiting two of their three children that live out of state. Woodrow has fully recovered from a serious illness, allowing them to once again travel. 
Submitted: October 15, 2003

John Blair — Mundelein, Ill., is a real estate broker for Remax. Wife Debbie (Mann '74) teaches physical education at Kildeer School in Long Grove, Ill. Their son, Jay (John) will attend Carthage in the autumn. 
Submitted: May 30, 2003

Ronald Frenk — Harvard, Ill., has been working as a cerified registered nurse anesthetist for the Rockford Anesthesiologist Association (RAA) since Dec. 2001. 
Submitted: February 17, 2003

Mary Beth (Schmidt) Ryan — Wheeling, Ill., and her husband celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary in October. Both of their boys are currently attending high school. Quinn, the oldest, will enter college in the autumn.  
Submitted: February 17, 2003

Robert Kassnel — Chicago, Ill., earned a master of arts degree in liberal studies with distinction from DePaul University in June 2002. His thesis was titled Critical White Studies: Scrutinizing the Race That Does Not Speak Its Name. 
Submitted: December 2, 2002

Bruce Loewenhagen — Waunakee, Wis., is senior pastor at Miduale Community Lutheran Church in Madison, Wis. In June 2002, he celebrated 25 years as an ordained minister. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002

Keith Deaton — Twin Lakes, Wis., is a physical education teacher and head football coach at Wilmot Union High School. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


William Piatnitza , USMC — Johns Island, South Carolina,  retired last July after careers as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps and as Vice President of A. R. Mays Construction Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. He and his wife, the former Tina Kuhlhoff, are now enjoying golf and travel while living at Kiawah Island South Carolina. 
Submitted: March 10, 2022

Douglas C Gast — Noblesville, IN,  recently retired after 30 years at Bethel Lutheran Church in Noblesville, Indiana. He also celebrated 45 years of ordained ministry. He currently serves as the interim pastor of St. James Lutheran in Greenfield, Indiana. Terri, his wife, is a substitute teacher. They have four grown children and twelve grandchildren. 
Submitted: September 9, 2021

Bob McCormac — Broken Arrow, Ok,  Was privileged to speak at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 6, 2019. Speaking to Center staff and selected South African educators, topics included Holocaust education in the United States and South Africa, the curriculum for semester-long courses on the Holocaust, Apartheid and the Tulsa Race Massacre, and traveling to Holocaust sites. 
Submitted: January 8, 2020

David Mack Endres
David Mack Endres

David Mack Endres — Leander, Texas,  now works as a Technical Advisor with i2k Connect, a firm whose mission is to create value from unstructured data with Artificial Intelligence (AI). He retired from Schlumberger after 30 years. Mack also plays clarinet with Band of the Hills, a community band for all ages, and with their clarinet ensemble. He recently participated in the ClarinetFest '19 Guinness World Record Clarinet Choir. He has completed 13 MS150 bike rides from Houston to Austin, just for an excuse to get outside. 
Submitted: August 6, 2019

Lawrence Bauer — Roscoe, IL,  received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Bob McCormac — Broken Arrow, Ok,  will be retiring from full time teaching this May. Mr. McCormac will be working part-time as a Holocaust education coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. He will be arranging for speakers for annual Yom Hashoah and Kristallnachet commemorations, administering the annual essay contest, and speaking at schools throughout Northeast Oklahoma on Holocaust education issues. 
Submitted: May 18, 2019

Richard Lange — Deerfield, IL,  is the student teacher placement coordinator for Amundsen High School, Chicago, where he works with nine different colleges and universities to set up classroom observations for education majors. He works closely with the Carthage education department where prospective teacher candidates visit his high school as part of an urban education course. He also makes presentations on current trends in education on the campus. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019


Laurel Geschke — Union Grove, WI,  celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with her husband, Richard Geschke. Laurel and Richard had a two day celebration with family and friends. They were married on August 15, 1958 at Yorkville United Methodist Church. The couple met in high school and began dating when Richard came home from Service. Richard graduated from Union High School in 1952. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 3rd Armored Division in Germany for two years. Laurel is a 1955 graduate of Union Grove High School, a 1957 graduate of the Racine-Kenosha County Teacher’s College and a 1972 graduate of Carthage. She loved her teaching career of 30 years at Union Grove Grade School, retiring in 1996. The couple said their happiest moments together have been activities involving their family members including sporting events, weddings, vacations and the Racine County Fair. They have five children: Jodi (William) Klug of Franksville; James (Karen) of Mequon; Timothy (Katherine) of Neshotah; Beth (Kent) Miller of Cape Coral, Fla.; and Jason (Dorian) of Franksville. The Geschkes are the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Their advice to young people getting married today: “You must each give 110 percent. You must trust, respect and cooperate with each other. And, above all, find reasons to laugh.” 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Mike Thomas — Austin, TX,  retired in December 2016 after 44 years in education. He served as a band director, school psychologist, instructional coordinator, and most recently as district administrator for data management and compliance. He maintains an active musical career as a trumpeter and arranger. 
Submitted: February 5, 2017

Ken Bates — Markesan, WI,  is retiring after 43 years in education. He earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from UW-Madison in May. That month, he also presented at the first International Baccalaureate Organization Research Symposium in Kent, Ohio. 
Submitted: June 9, 2016

Douglas Gast — Noblesville, Indiana,  is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination and 25 years as a pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Teresa (Loudjieff) Gast '72 have four children and seven grandchildren. Terri recently retired and spends her time working at church and visiting grandchildren. 
Submitted: March 29, 2016

Mike Thomas — Austin, Texas,  was a featured speaker at the international Laserfiche Empower 2015 conference in Anaheim, California. There, he received the national Run Smarter Award for Best Case Management Initiative for transitioning paper-based special education processes to an electronic content management system, integrated with his web-based document system. For the past 15 years, he has been employed by the Austin Independent School District. He is also a national data expert with the Council of the Great City Schools in Washington, researching key performance indicators for students with disabilities. Mike still maintains an active musical career as a trumpeter and arranger, performing most weekends throughout central Texas. He resides in Austin with his wife, Sherry, and their two poodles.  
Submitted: January 5, 2016

John Seal — Arlington, Virginia,  has finally retired (for the last time) as the Finance and HR Director of the Rosslyn Business Improvement Coalition. He has travel plans to Europe and his second home in Costa Rica.  
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Richard Lange — Deerfield, Illinois,  is the co-author of a new book entitled, A Life Saver for New Teachers: mentoring Case Studies to Navigate the Initial Uears, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011. The book is a collection of 65 scenarios, vignettes, and case studies meant to be an interactive guide for novices in the profession and to stimulate discussion between new teachers and mentors. The format is particularly useful for teacher educators and teacher induction programs, as the set-ups are a great way to introduce different concern that student and beginning teachers might encounter in their first years of teaching.  
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Bob McCormac — Broken Arrow, Okla.,  participated in the 2014 Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program. Thirty teachers from around the United States traveled in July to Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic. This is his 10th year teaching history at Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He spends summers at his condo in Keystone, Colorado, and manages to ski approximately 25 days per season. In his spare time, he umpires girls' fast-pitch softball in Colorado and Oklahoma. 
Submitted: June 19, 2014

Frank Columbus — Libertyville, Ill. ,  and his wife, Elaine, have four grandchildren living in Arizona: Alexi, 5, Frankie, 4, Ben, 2, and Gisella, 1. 
Submitted: May 29, 2014

Carol E. (Schmidt ) Carson — Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 25, 2012. She was a Milwaukee native who received master's degrees from Trenton State University and the University of Northern Colorado, and worked all over the world as a special education and reading teacher. She defied all odds and fought an incredible fight against liver cancer over the past four and a half years. Carol is survived by her husband of 32 years, Jay; a son, Rob; a daughter, Amanda; a sister, Barbara Nordberg and a grandson. 
Submitted: December 21, 2012

Carol C. Burke — San Diego, Calif., passed away July 10, 2012. She was a San Diego native who came to Kenosha to join the Community of St. MAry, an Episcopal religious community, and served as business manager at the former Kemper Hall boarding school. After Kemper Hall closed, she worked in Chicago and San Diego. She is survived by her sister, Monica. 
Submitted: October 19, 2012

David Mack Endres — Leander, Texas, or David Mack to his fellow Texans, has been promoted to engineering advisor at Schlumberger Ltd., the leading international oilfield services company, with title Advisor, Schlumberger Earth Modeling Architecture. David is one of fewer than 300 engineering and scientific advisors and fewer than a dozen software advisors in the company's more than 100,000 employees. He also holds the IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional software engineering certification, is a Certified Scrum Master, and is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 
Submitted: October 16, 2012

John Malzahn — John passed away on Sunday May 27th. He was ordained into the Lutheran church after his graduation from Luther seminary 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Frank P. Columbus — Libertyville, Ill., has a tax practice in Mundelein, Ill., two beautiful grandsons, Alexi and Benjamin and, a granddaughter due Feb. 2012.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Sandra Johnson Adams — Pittsfield, N.H., is the proud mother of four and grandmother of six. She retired as director of Human Resources for the state of New Hampshire. 
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Frank P. Columbus — Carol Stream, Ill., is currently maintaining a tax practice in Mundeline, Ill. He has two grandchildren, Alexi, 2, and Bonnie, 1.  
Submitted: March 2, 2011

Frederick Body — Palos Heights, Ill., announces that Daryl G. Body '08 was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, US Army, on June 10, 2010, at Ft. Benning, Ga. He is finishing BOLC, Basic Officer Leadership Course, at Ft. Knox, Ky., and Ft. Bliss, Texas.  
Submitted: January 14, 2011

Frank P. Columbus — Libertyville, Ill., has retired from the Feral Government after 30 years of service as an Internal Auditor in the Defense Department and Department of Labor. He has opened a tax and accounting office in Mundelein, Ill. This year he also had his first grandchild, Alexander.  
Submitted: October 15, 2009

Phillip Wormley — Peoria, Ariz., passed away Jan. 17,2009 
Submitted: July 9, 2009

Chuck Johnson — Camp Point, Ill., administrative coordinator of Blessing Behavioral Center in Quincy, Ill., was awarded the Annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association (CBHA) of Illinois. Chuck has worked in the mental health field for 36 years. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor with licenses in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, Chuck is also a certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). He serves on the Illinois Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Alliance, Illinois Hospital Association Behavioral Health Steering Committee, Illinois Division of Mental Health North Central Leadership Council. He has also served on the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Planning and Advisory Council, chairing the DMH Planning Committee. Chuck is the President of Woodland Board and Chairman of the Education Committee for the Mental Health Authority of West Central Illinois. 
Submitted: January 8, 2009

William Bill Hessefort — Marshfield, Wis., passed away on July 21, 2008. Bill is survived by his wife, Janis (Ekholm) Hessefort '73, his children, Erik and Katie, and grandchildren, Matthew and Nadia. He is also survived by his father, Charles, his sisters, Karen Garcia and Sharon Roberts, and his brother, Rick. Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Gail. 
Submitted: January 8, 2009

E. David Matthaidess , II — Wausau, Wis., passed away June 6, 2008. Mr. Matthaidess died in Boston of a heart attack, surrounded by family after attending his son's graduation from Harvard the previous day. David grew up in Carthage, Ill. His father, Edwin, taught German, Greek, and Latin at Carthage and the family moved to Kenosha when the campus relocated. He belonged to the Delta Omega Nu fraternity. Dave joined the Army at 17 and spent 36 years on active duty and in the National Guard and Army Reserve. Moving through the ranks to Master Sergeant (E-8), he received a direction commission and retired as a Major (0-4). In the business world, he was recently a VP of Operations and COO of Garelick Products Co., a marine products manufacturing company. He held a master's degree in modern studies from Loyola College (Md.) and a graduate degree from the U.S. Army Command and Gerneral Staff College. He is survived by his mother, Vinita, of Racine, Wis.; wife, Kathy; and two children, Edwin III (Kellie), of Gainesville, Va., and Cherie (Brian '01) Robison, '01, of Kenosha, and one grandson, David Tate Matthaidess. 
Submitted: June 25, 2008

Bob McCormac — Broken Arrow, Okla., is one of 30 teachers from around the country selected to particpate in the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute "Multiple Perspectives on the Holocaust". This institute is five weeks long and includes stops at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, Prague, Berlin, Krakow, Auschwitz, Thereseinstadt and Ravensbruck concentration camps. He was also selected to umpire at the Amateur Softball Association 12 and under girls fastpitch softball national championship in August. 
Submitted: June 21, 2008

Carl Brietlow — Waterford, Wis., will retire after 36 years in education. He has been a school principal for the past 28 years at the high school, middle school, and grade school levels including the last nine years at Wilmot High School, Wilmot, Wis. Carl states that a day has never gone by where he has not benefited from the education he received at Carthage.  
Submitted: February 20, 2008

Richard E. Lange — Deerfield, Ill., Richard E. Lang is an instructor at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy and a lecturer at Northwestern's Center for Talent Development. He is also the co-founder of "Lernen fur Alle" an educational consulting firm located in Zurich, Switzerland. 
Submitted: January 14, 2008

Nancy Jedan — Cape Girardeau, Mo., passed away Feb. 20, 2007 after a brave battle against breast cancer. She had taught marketing and management at Murray State and Southeast Missouri State Universities. She is survived by her husband, Dieter Jedan; daughters Nicole (Jedan) Aleknavicius '96, and Noelle Stuelpner, both of Grafton, Wis., and Heather Johnson, of Jersey City, N.J.; her parents, Aleck and Rosemary Johnsen, of Rockford, Ill.; brothers David and Steven Johnsen, and sister Frances Gasbarra.  
Submitted: January 11, 2008

John Seal — Arlington, Va., was appointed by the Arlington County Board as the Chairman of the County's Commission on the Arts, which advocates for the arts and awards grants to local arts organizations and artists. 
Submitted: November 7, 2007

A Steinway — Oxford, Conn., is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Oxford. 
Submitted: March 1, 2007

Richard E. Lange — Deerfield, Ill., is director of Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network, an organization dedicated to helping school districts with their new teacher induction programs. Richard has just completed establishing networks in Switzerland and Hong Kong.  
Submitted: February 20, 2007

Cindy Dingwall — Palatine, Ill., has published her 12th book, More Bible Time With Kids published by Abingdon. Cindy is a youth services programmer at the Prospect Heights (Ill.) Public Library.  
Submitted: February 8, 2007

Greta (Dukleth) Frost — Waterford, Wis., and her husband own and operate a 700-cow dairy farm. Their two sons are managers. Their daughter is a doctor in family practice. Greta teaches first grade at Washington-Caldwell School.  
Submitted: December 14, 2006

Bob McCormac — Broken Arrow, Okla., was chosen to attend A View from Mount Vernon, the National Endowment for the Humanities teacher seminar on the formation of the U.S. Constitution at Mount Vernon, Va. He teaches history at Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Okla.  
Submitted: June 28, 2006

Betty Maynard — Zion, Ill., passed away Nov. 3, 2004. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. 
Submitted: December 5, 2005

Sharon (Green) Poulos — Zion, Ill., passed away Oct. 14, 2005. She is survived by her husband, Steven Poulos '71; a son, Keith; and a daughter, Larissa. 
Submitted: November 30, 2005

Cary Haller — Orchard Park, N.Y., took a job in June 2005 as a vice president of middle market lending for JP Morgan Chase. Cary is also a coordinator of support crew for televising of Buffalo Bills football games on network TV. 
Submitted: November 30, 2005

Frederick Body — Palos Heights, Ill., is a senior vice president at Park National Bank in Oak Park, Ill. He and his wife, Betty Jean, have three children; Michelle, a senior at Illinois State University; Daryl, a sophomore at Carthage; and Andrea, a senior in high school. Daryl is majoring in criminal justice and plays on the club ice hockey team. 
Submitted: November 30, 2005

Bob Placko — Rolling Meadows, Ill., has retired from Motorola Inc. as senior vice president of human resources following a 30-year career. He has served on the Advisory Council for the School of Professional Studies and Career Services for the last 12 years. Bob assisted in instruction of the 2005 J-Term class Life After Carthage - Career Planning and is a volunteer career coach with the Career Center assisting many Carthage students and alumni. 
Submitted: June 15, 2005

Karen Berger Claffey — South Milwaukee, Wis., lost her husband of 31 years, Michael, in Aug. 2004, after a two-year battle with cancer. Mike is survived by his son, Michael '96, two daughters, Linda and Laura, sister and brother in-law Janice '73, and Mark Trede '72, and his in-laws, Ruth and Waldo Berger '47, a trustee emeritus of Carthage. Karen is an accountant for Lutheran Manor Senior Living Complex in Wauwatosa, Wis.  
Submitted: June 8, 2005

John Seal — Arlington, Va., retired as of the end of June from the federal government's Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in Washington, D.C., as the Corporation's chief management and human capital officer. He worked for several federal agencies over his 31-year career and is easing into real retirement by taking on a part-time position as financial and human resources director for a local government in northern Virginia.  
Submitted: June 7, 2005

Jodee Liedtke — Elm Grove, Wis., and Rev. Gary Leidtke were married in Banff, Alberta, Canada, Sept. 19, 2003, and returned there recently to celebrate their first anniversary. Jodee is a consultant for the Child Welfare Group in Montgomery, Ala., and Gary is a pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis.  
Submitted: November 24, 2004

Cheryl Spencer — Bristol, Wis., passed away May 25. She is survived by her son Gregory '07. 
Submitted: June 24, 2004

Cynthia Dingwall — Palatine, Ill., has authored her 11th book, <em> Bible Verse Fun With Kids</em>, which is published by Abingdon. The book contains more than 200 innovative activities that help children learn and remember 25 Bible verses. 
Submitted: March 26, 2004

Su Ash Gustafson — Lake Geneva, Wis., is recording her third CD, <em>Festive Flutings</em>, which will feature songs for the holidays and winter season. The music utilizes silver flutes, as well as flutes made of ceramic, wood, and PVC pipe. Ms. Gustafson, known as the Flute Lady, performs at a variety of venues, including art galleries, coffee houses, and specialty stores, and for functions such as banquets, luncheons, and church group gatherings. For information, contact Silver Wind, Inc., at 262-249-0269. 
Submitted: February 13, 2004

Frank P. Columbus — Libertyville, Ill., has accepted a position as auditing director for the U.S. Navy stationed in Great Lakes, Ill. 
Submitted: October 8, 2003

Robert McCormac — Broken Arrow, Okla., retired from the business world last year and obtained his teaching certification in Oklahoma. He is currently teaching 7th grade English in Union Public Schools in Tulsa, Okla. He continues to umpire girls' fastpitch softball of ASA, high school, and junior college levels. 
Submitted: September 17, 2003

Betty Rae (Newyear) Kaiser — Wadsworth, Ill., has been awarded a Fellowship to the Illinois Lincoln Series as a member of the Class of 2003. As a participant of this national leadership program, Ms. Kaiser will receive specialized training in the political system, public policy, and elective office. She and 10 other women, who have been selected to participate in the program, have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their communities. Ms. Kaiser represents Lake County as the local governmental affairs director for the Illinois Association of Realtors, is a former teacher, and recently was appointed by the Newport Township Board to the Fire Protection Board. She also is an active volunteer, serving as Newport Republican Township chair, Lake County Central Committee member, and co-chair of the first-annual Republican quarterly publication. 
Submitted: June 25, 2003

David Mack Endres — Austin, Texas, became one of the first certified software developer certificate holders of the IEEE computer society. He has accepted a three-year assignment as project architect for Shared Earth Model Framework in Schlumberger Information Systems in Oslo, Norway. In this capacity, Mr. Endres will be moving from Austin to Oslo, along with wife Sheila and daughter Schuyler, in August.  
Submitted: June 24, 2003

Jon O.J. Simpson — Lake Barrington, Ill., recently celebrated 30 years in the insurance business. Daughter Steffanie graduated from St. Norbert College and is in graduate school. Son Jonathan recently graduated from Marquette University. 
Submitted: May 8, 2003

Richard Lee — Orland Park, Ill., and Dawn (Moore '74) Lee, announce that their son Ricky, who attended culinary school after earning a bachelor of arts degree, is now a chef at a downtown Chicago restaurant. Daughter Alexis graduated from the University of Iowa last May, and is engaged to be married in autumn. 
Submitted: February 18, 2003

Greta (Dukleth) Frost — Waterford, Wis., teaches first grade at Washington Caldwell School. Greta and husband Paul have three adult children. Their oldest will earn a doctorate of medicine in May. Their two other sons help manage the family's 650-cow dairy farm. 
Submitted: February 4, 2003


Ken Byrge & Laurie Byrge (Ostrom) — Simpsonville, SC,  celebrated 50 years of marriage in December 2021 with family and friends. The two met at Carthage. 
Submitted: March 23, 2022

Michael Keith Connor — Greendale,WI,  received the gift of being a grandparent on March 19, 2020 when his son Mike & wife Talia welcomed 8lb 20in Ezra Josef Connor to the family. 
Submitted: July 28, 2020

Michael Connor — Greendale, WI,  Received a volunteer award for excellence after nine years of service as secretary-board of directors, docent, and chair of the program committee at North Point Lighthouse. Mike continues his role as secretary, board of directors, chair of the renovation committee, sponsorship coordinator and past president of The Village Cub Inc. Greendale, Wisconsin. Mike also recently accepted a position on the board of directors at the Friends of Lakeshore State Park 
Submitted: January 4, 2020

William Johnsen — St. Charles, IL,  is retiring from Virginia Beach City Public Schools where he spent nearly 45 years. Starting his career as a U.S. Navy musician, Mr. Johnsen later held roles as band director and assistant principal before becoming the Virginia Beach system's director of instructional technology in 2002. 
Submitted: October 1, 2019

Patricia (Pixie) Pixler — Minneapolis, MN,  was recently honored by the University of Minnesota for her volunteer work with a variety of affiliated nonprofit organizations. She was one of 50 individuals from the state of Minnesota honored. Ms. Pixler recently joined the MN OLLI Board of Directors affiliated with the University of MN. She has first completed working with a team of first year medical students as a Community Resource teacher (a volunteer position). She loves working with these future doctors, sharing her unique medical conditions, and experiences with them. 
Submitted: April 18, 2019

Pixie Pixler — Minneapolis, MN,  was elected to the Board of Directors of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a program of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) in June 2017. She is enjoying her volunteer experiences with the Board, in several of the 300 classes, and on several committees. 
Submitted: November 15, 2018

Delta Omega Nu (DON) Golf Outing at Marengo Golf Course on June 7th, 2017
Delta Omega Nu (DON) Golf Outing at Marengo Golf Course on June 7th, 2017

Randy Sisulak — Marengo, Illinois,  attended the Delta Omega Nu (DON) golf outing organized by fellow fraternity brother Steve Fager '71. 
Submitted: September 29, 2017

Christopher M. Miller — Rochester, Minnesota,  ill launch his first book, "Saints I Have Known and Buried: Tributes That Help Define Their Legacy and Sermons for Their More Difficult Funerals." It is a compilation of funeral tributes, sermons, and resources he wrote and delivered — mostly over the last 10 years. They are intended especially for faithful lay people and for new pastors. 
Submitted: January 21, 2016

Michelle Serpe — Kenosha ,  had a busy year. She earned a Ph.D in leadership for the advancement of learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University, where she performed research involving Rotary International exchange students. She also received the Living Legend award from the Mahone Foundation for "commitment on behalf of education and the celebration of children and family," in a ceremony held at Carthage. In April, she received the Susan B. Anthony award from three Kenosha women's organizations for her work as an "educator, artist, activist, and advocate." 
Submitted: June 8, 2015

Michael Keith Connor — Greendale, WI 53129,  is president of The Village Club Inc., a private tennis and swimming club in the Milwaukee metro area. Mike is also an officer of the board of directors for North Point Lighthouse Inc., a historical landmark and maritime museum on the Lake Michigan shore. 
Submitted: April 8, 2015

Victoria Blough — North Liberty, Indiana,  received her MDiv. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 2005, and has served as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in North Liberty for the past nine years. She also serves as Dean of the North Central Conference, Indiana-Kentucky Synod.  
Submitted: February 6, 2015

Michael Connor — Greendale, Wis. ,  is a member of the Board of Directors for these nonprofit organizations: North Point Lighthouse Inc., The Village Club Inc., and Friends of the Domes Inc. Mike is also an adjunct professor in the graduate education program at Concordia University Wisconsin, a member of the Milwaukee Press Club, and community representative for the Citizens Budget Committee and Superintendent’s Community Coalition in his resident district. 
Submitted: May 29, 2014

Vickie Julin Grochowski — Bridgeview, Ill.,  retired from Advocate Christ Medical Center on Nov. 2, 2013, after 36 years. She served as lead technologist for the midnight shift for the last 12 years. 
Submitted: May 12, 2014

Kenneth Byrge & Laurie (Ostrom) 1972 — St. Charles, Ill., celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Nov. 26, 2011, with family and friends. Fellow Carthaginians Sharon and Cary Bjork '68, and Steven Schultz '72, helped celebrate the milestone. 
Submitted: April 23, 2013

Julie (Petrelli) Van Kammen — Kenosha, Wis., Dec. 5, 2012. She was a lifelong Kenosha resident who taught second grade at St. Mark Elementary School from 1972 to 1982. From 1982 to 2004, she taught first grade at Our Lady of Humility Elementary School in Beach Park, Ill. She is survived by her husband, Kurt, and her mother, Janet Petrelli. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph P. Petrelli.  
Submitted: December 20, 2012

Gregory Bergner — South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was awarded the spirit of Philanthropy Award from Barton Hospital Foundation for "extraordinary dedication to the health of the South Lake Tahoe community at large and to the work of Barton Memorial Hospital in particular." Greg and his partners established a low income clinic in 1989 which still serves the area's uninsured and underinsured.  
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Helen Mitchell Williamson — Random Lake, Wis., has retired from both careers as an educator and real estate agent. Besides spending time with her four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, she is a reading volunteer at the local elementary school and a tutor teaching English to an adult learner.  
Submitted: January 6, 2012

Donald Radlein — Elgin, Ill., and Cathy were married in Aug. 2010. Cathy is a retired teacher's assistant from Dist. U-46 in Elgin. Don is a retired teacher from Dist. 23 in Prospect Heights, Ill., and now works part-time as a driver for duo trucking, an expediting company. They met at their 40th high school renion in Aug. 2007.  
Submitted: October 17, 2011

Ross Porter — Smethport, Penn, was recently selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Pennsylvania Geographical Society for excellence in teaching as well as innovative and effective classroom methods during his 35 year teaching career. The award will be presented at the PGS during its annual meeting held at York College, York Pennsylvania November 5th and 6th. Although Ross retired in 2009 he has continued to serve as Director of the Planet Smethport Project for the Smethport School District. Planet Smethport <> is a virtual historical/geographic website was developed by Ross and his students during 1998 and has grown to over 2200 geographically connected pages. The project has received numerous awards during its 12 year history. Ross began his teaching career in 1972 and taught in Smethport from 1981 through 2009. During his tenure he also served as adjunct faculty for California University of Pennsylvania. Ross and his wife Jovanna reside in Smethport, PA and own and operate the Mansion District Inn, LLC Bed and Breakfast <>.  
Submitted: September 29, 2010

Linda Needham Greening — Kenosha, Wis., after retiring from teaching in the Kenosha Unified School Distric for 32 years, Linda has taught Anatomy and Physiology this past year as a laboratory assistant at Carthage. 
Submitted: July 7, 2010

Dalibor Drummer — South Milwaukee, Wis., is retired from Milwaukee Public Schools and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. Jackie (Tetting '71) continues to serve as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator in the school district of South Milwaukee. shi is also a certified instructional team and organizational coach. Both serce on several state boards for education and the arts.  
Submitted: July 7, 2010

Michael K. Connor — Greendale, Wis., is the new President of the Board of the Village Club, a private tennis, and swim facility. He also contributes his time as a volunteer for educational purposes at the North Point Lighthouse-a national historic landmark and continues his role as an adjunct professor of graduate studies for Concordia University.  
Submitted: June 23, 2010

Michael Connor — Greendale, Wis., retired Middle School principal, now serves on the Leadership Community Council for the Greendale School District; is a board member of the Village Club of Greendale and has signed on with Concordia University-Wisconsin as an Adjunct Instructor.  
Submitted: July 8, 2009

Michael Connor — Greendale, Wis., retired after 33 years in education. He was a teacher and coach for 13 years and an administrator for 20 years, finishing that career as a school principal. Mike taught science grades 7-10 and coached wrestling with no losing seasons. His son, Michael Josef Connor, just completed his first year of college at UW-Milwaukee. His twins, Tiki and Emmi, turn 3 years old on Halloween. 
Submitted: April 25, 2008

Charles Nystrom — Waukegan, Ill., has retired from the College of Lake County, after 36 years as an associate professor. In 1969, he transferred in credits from another college and a junior college, to complete his B.A. using the G.I. Bill. In April 1994, he retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Major. 
Submitted: April 16, 2008

Delton Brandau — Arlington Heights, Ill., is a public service officer with the Arlington Heights Police Department. 
Submitted: December 13, 2006

Joanne Ludwig Greathouse — Downers Grove, Ill., was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in radiology by Image magazine. She is head of the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit educational programs in radiography and radiation therapy. Joanne has almost 25 years experience to fulfill her duties as CEO of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. She keeps herself constantly involved in every aspect of radiologic sciences and often lends her expertise and knowledge to outside sources. Joanne also authored a textbook Radiographic Positioning. 
Submitted: November 28, 2006

Michael Connor — Greendale, Wis., and Sonja, announce the birth of twin girls, Thalia and Elytze, on Oct. 31, 2005. Although the girls were six weeks premature they are healthy, alert, and charming. 
Submitted: November 14, 2005

Larry E. Lund — Chicago, Ill., is serving as president of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics. Lambda Alpha is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and has 2,000 members in 22 chapters throughout the world. Larry is a principal of Real Estate Planning Group in Chicago. 
Submitted: June 21, 2005

Charles Nystrom — Waukegan, Ill., has completed 34 years of teaching in the Division Of Adult and Continuing Education at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Ill. He completed his B.A. at Carthage funded by the GI Bill after serving with the U.S. Army (1965-1969). He then completed his M.S. at Northern Illinois University.  
Submitted: June 7, 2005

Vicky Blough — Middlebury, Ind., has finished her studies at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and will receive a Master of Divinity degree in May. Ms. Blough is awaiting a first call to ministry within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is currently doing interim ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Goshen, Ind. 
Submitted: March 10, 2005

Dennis B. Guehler — Eugene, Ore., is currently working for Bells, Inc. in Eugene, reading audio editing stories from the Wall Street Journal into a website that is being marketed to Japanese business people who are learning English. In 2004, he appeared in The Laramie Project with the Actor's Cabaret in Eugene and in a world premier of a new musical version of A Christmas Carol at Cottage Theater in Cottage Grove, Ore. Next summer he will serve his 19th year as The Voice of Oregon County Fair. 
Submitted: February 2, 2005

Roger Klein — Watertown, Wis., retired from the Watertown School District after working as a school psychologist for the past 29 years. He will continue to work as a clinical psychologist at Family Resources Associates, Inc., in Watertown. 
Submitted: January 10, 2005

Paul Peterson — Machesney Park, Ill., retired in June after 33 years of teaching in the Harlem School District. He served as a psychology and U.S. history teacher at Harlem High School for the past 31 years. His wife, Bonnie (Comstock '71) will be retiring in June 2005 after 26 years of teaching. She will have spent 20 of those years as an elementary library media teacher. Their two sons, Eric '99, and Scott '01, also are Carthage gradutes. 
Submitted: May 25, 2004

Patricia Pixler — Edina, Minn., asks that everyone pray for her daughter Kristin and son-in-law Kristopher, who are currently serving in Iraq. Kristin is a sergeant in a support role for the troops, and Kristopher is a master sergeant whose platoon has recently experienced its first round of fighting. 
Submitted: April 16, 2004

Darrell Sink — Eugene, Ore., passed away Jan. 18, 2004. 
Submitted: February 2, 2004

William Johnsen — Virginia Beach, Va., recently has assumed the duties of principal of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Virginia Beach. The ATC is a cooperative facility of Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and the City of Virginia Beach. The facility provides technical training programs in a variety of areas including Cisco Networking and Oracle. He continues to serve the school division as the director of instructional technology. 
Submitted: December 27, 2003

Helen Mitchell - Williamson — Port Washington, Wis., former educator, has retired after 32 years in the field. Helen and her husband Dennis are hosting a student from Austria and have discovered the joy of traveling in their motor home. 
Submitted: November 18, 2003

Greg Bergner — South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and wife Jean '72, are preparing to retire. They plan to travel in their free time. Each of the couple's three grown children, Rachel, Nathan, and Rebecca, are married.  
Submitted: June 9, 2003

Jerald D. Fair — Milwaukee, Wis., is owner and operator of Milwaukee Multicultural Academy and Pre-School, which serves urban children in grades K2, K3 (preschool), and K4-8 in three locations. He also is president of the African American Association of Independent Schools, which he founded in 1994. The organization comprises 26 schools that participate in the Milwaukee Parental School Choice Program. He serves on the board of directors for Alliance for Choices in Education (ACE), which is led by director Dr. Howard Fuller. Mr. Fair is completing the final class in the superintendent's license program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 
Submitted: May 30, 2003

R. Scott Pierce — Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has assumed his new duties as superintendent for the Kenosha Unified School District. He and his wife, Roxanne, reside just outside of Kenosha. 
Submitted: April 16, 2003

James W. Dorsey — North Chicago, Ill., passed away Jan. 29. He is survived by wife Jacqueline (Whitehead) '72, and children Derick and Kelley. 
Submitted: February 17, 2003

Ross Porter — Smethport, Pa., was awarded a Citation of Special Merit for Geography Excellence in Media at the National Council of Geographic Educations 87th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in October. He was honored for his pioneering research and work in virtual, interactive historical geography and the Planet Smethport project at Smethport Area High School. He teaches world history, geography, and local history at Smethport Area High School and in the high school program at California University of PA. In 2001, he received the NCGEs Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The NCGE was established in 1915 and has worked closely with the National Geographic Society since its inception. NCGE membership consists of geographers throughout Canada and the United States. 
Submitted: January 31, 2003

James M. Oakley — West Bend, Wis., married Anne Chartier on July 5, 2002. James completed his term as president-elect of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) in January, and is now serving a two-year term as president. Anne is a Spanish teacher who grew up in Argentina. 
Submitted: January 31, 2003

J Scott Campbell — Crystal Lake, Ill., was named the 2001 volunteer of the year by the McHenry County United Way at their annual meeting. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002

Patricia Pixler — Edina, Minn., enjoys visiting daughter Kristin and her husband, who both serve in the United States Army and are based in Hawaii. Kristin recently was promoted to sergeant and is deployed as an information specialist in the Balkans. She will return to Hawaii after the completion of her assignment. 
Submitted: June 19, 2002


Tom Mortenson — Detroit Lakes, MN,  was appointed to the Hillsborough County (Florida) Community Action Board for a term that runs through 2024. He represents the city of Temple Terrace. 
Submitted: October 19, 2021

Ken Boehne & Marianne 1971 — Bloomingdale, Illinois,  celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage! Also, celebrated 10 great years of retirement. Enjoying spending time with our 3 "kids," their spouses and our terrific 7 grandkids! 
Submitted: October 6, 2021

Steve Hendricks — Greeley, CO,  has just published his first book, "The Sociology Project". It's about an interracial dating scenario that takes place on a college campus in 1967. Although the university is fictitious, many of the scenes, events, people, and professors are reminiscent of his years at Carthage. He encourages all past and present students to read the book and see if they can relate it to Carthage. 
Submitted: August 16, 2021

Bob Lesher , D.Min & Sue — Huntley IL,  I retired in July of 2015, from Sr. pastor Faith Lutheran in Marshfield, WI. Relocated to Huntley IL in 2017, to be near our family. Active at Shepherd Of the Prairie Lutheran/ 
Submitted: February 3, 2021

John Michael Karnatz — Park Ridge, IL,  CLASSIC ROCK FOR CLASSIC ROCKERS!! It is with great excitement that I announce the upcoming release of my debut digital LP, “Classic Rock for Classic Rockers.” The album is scheduled to drop around October 10th, 2020, and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and wherever digital music is sold or streamed. . For the past five years, I have been writing and pitching songs for licensing to the film, television, commercial and recording industries. While this has been very challenging, it was also time consuming and did prevent me from doing something I have always wanted to do…..put together and launch a digital LP to share some original songs with you in one of my favorite genres----Classic Rock!! I will be providing further updates as we get closer to the release so please stop by my Facebook site or my music distribution site for details. You can visit my music distribution website at Thanks for your continued interest and support! 
Submitted: September 30, 2020

Tom Mortenson — Detoit Lakes, MN,  wrote "Scandinavians for Suffrage" which is a featured article in Viking Magazine. Mr. Mortenson is a national known speaker on women suffrage and the 19th Amendment giving U.S. women the right to vote. Mr. Mortenson begun a national speaking tour on Women Suffrage. Mr. Mortenson began the tour by speaking on "What Would You Do To Vote" in a presentation on suffrage in Florida on December 4, 2018 at the Tampa History Center. He has plans for speaking in numerous locations as the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote approaches. 
Submitted: March 19, 2019


Thomas Mortenson — Detroit Lakes, MN,  has been elected as President of the Tampa Bay International Business Council (TBIBC). The TBIBC supports international trade by connecting national, regional, and local businesses with bi-national Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations whose people and networks have global experience. Known for his leadership in government, military, and private sector Mortenson will head the non-profit organization connecting international businesses and Chamber organizations and Trade Associations throughout the world. Mortenson is the past National President of the Scandinavian Trade Association. The former Becker County Administrator is a member on the National Board of the Turning Point National Suffrage Memorial. He heads a state-wide effort to hold a Minnesota 2019 celebration of the state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. 
Submitted: November 9, 2018

Norma (Buth) Mortimer , M.M.ED — Milwaukee, WI,  is retiring after a lengthy career in the classroom. She was recognized first as a successful music teacher, she was part of the WSMA Honors program as section leader for both the middle and the high school bands. She served as state secretary for the American School Band Director's Association in 1978 and has published articles in the School Musician, Director and Teacher magazine as well as the WSMA School Musician. While she served students in several districts, Norma is retiring from Milwaukee Public Schools after a 28 year career in the district that included pioneering integrative teaching of general music on the middle school level. With the help of teachers at Carthage, Norma earned a teaching certificate in English Language Arts and has been teaching high school English, including Advanced Placement Language for the past eight years. Finally, Norma has been a recipient of an Ameritech Teacher Recognition award, recognized in the Milwaukee Business Journal for her work on "Opera Inside Out" with the Florentine Opera Company, listed in Who's Who in America, a Disney Teacher nominee and a two-time winner of teacher of the year for Marshall High School's Milwaukee Municipal Association of Black School Educators award. Norma does not intend to slow down once she has erased the last board and put the last chair under the last desk. The open road beckons--who knows what comes next? Grateful to have been here--looking forward to going there. 
Submitted: April 27, 2018

Jim Roppa & Sheila — Naples, Florida ,  Naples, Florida, published his second fictional novel since retiring from Caterpillar Inc. His first book, “The Corporate Chameleon”, now has a sequel, “The Mainstreet Messenger”.  
Submitted: August 17, 2017

Ken E. Bartels — Elmhurst, IL,  is just the fourth Special Recognition Inductee of the Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame after serving as a senior administrator at Elmhurst College for nearly 30 years (1981-2009). He holds the title of Vice President for College Relations Emeritus at Elmhurst. As the chief development, alumni relations and public relations officer for the College, Bartels played a significant role in fundraising for all of the athletic facilities constructed or remodeled during that time. He also had a significant role in the increased success of athletic fundraising through the Bluejay Backers. Bartels, who hired the College's first full time Sports Information Director, also helped oversee the overall promotion of athletics through expanded sports information efforts and media outlet exposure. He also was instrumental in starting the broadcast of Elmhurst sporting events on local cable television which eventually led to the creation of Bartels also lent his voice to the broadcasts, serving as a color analyst for Elmhurst football, basketball and baseball games. 
Submitted: October 13, 2016

Pam (Werkheiser) Karnatz — Park Ridge, Illinois,  still loves teaching English as a second language at Oakton Community College in Skokie, Ill. She and her husband, John, recently welcomed their first grandchild, Lydia Karnatz. 
Submitted: February 6, 2015

John Karnatz — Park Ridge, Ill,  wrote and recorded a protest song called "I Didn't Do Anything (to Deserve This)." His daughter (an art teacher and artist in California) produced a YouTube video of the song which he said has received quite a bit of activity. 
Submitted: June 4, 2014

Bruce A. Laird — Las Vegas,  is retired and has lived in Las Vegas for nine years. He is an active volunteer in administrative roles at First Presbyterian Church. He is also active in establishing and incorporating Grace Presbyterian Church, which was chartered Sept. 8, 2013. Bruce and his wife, Janice (married January 2008), recently moved to a new home in Las Vegas. They celebrated the marriage of Bruce’s son Todd on May 17, 2012. Bruce and Janice enjoy travel, especially ocean and river cruises, and planned to sail through the Panama Canal in November 2013. 
Submitted: July 7, 2013

Kathleen Bostick — Richmond, Ind.,  died April 15, 2013. Kathy Bostick was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was most recently employed as a crisis specialist for Centerstone Mental Health in Richmond. She is survived by her husband, Mark Bostick of Richmond; mother, Mollyanne Hubbard of Batavia, Ill.; sons, Andrew Flatt of Pendleton, Ind., and Gregory Flatt of Newburgh, Ind.; brothers, Ronald Hubbard of Bativa, Don Hubbard of Batavia, and Daniel Hubbard of Keller, Texas; step-children, Troy Bostick of Lexington, S.C., and Ranae Allen of St. Petersburg, Fla; five grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, James Hubbard of Batavia.  
Submitted: May 6, 2013

Ann Timm — Ann passed away July 25, 2012. Ann attended Indiana University and later earned her BA and a M.Ed from Carthage. Ann retired from Gateway Technical College and was a member of the Wisconsin Educators Hall of Fame. 
Submitted: August 2, 2012

Cathy Roth & Bud Roth 1966 — Carmel, Ind., and husband Bud '66 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: July 23, 2012

Steven A. Clark — Neenah, Wis. passed away February 23. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Norma (Buth) Mortimer
Norma (Buth) Mortimer

Norma (Buth) Mortimer — Madison, Wis., was named Morse-Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented MMABSE Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. Norma is currently teaching Advanced Placement Language and Composition, Honors sophomore English and English 11. Norma returned to Carthage a decade ago and added an ELA teaching license to her list of licenses in music education. She has been teaching English for the past seven years, and honors Donald Colton's "everything is connected" philosophy of teaching music history. Norma brings all the arts into her English classroom. She was awarded a Fellowship last summer from the College Board to attend a week-long Advance Placement Summer Institute in Madison.  
Submitted: May 25, 2012

Robert M. Zdenek — Shalimar, Fla., passed away March 11, 2011. He served 31 years in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and was honored with numerous decorations and medals. His is rememberd for his passion for humanity and for his "insatiable drive for success". He was a light to those who knew him and his friends remember him as fun-loving, wonderful and always positive. Robert was happily married to Linda R. Zdenek for 39 years. Robert is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughters, Ericka, and Samantha and husband Jay Wells; two grandchildren, Katherine Cruz and Corben Wells; his mother, Betty Zdenek-Rosenbaum; his siblings, Dave and his wife Julie, Jim, Jeff, and Jean Zdenek. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Zdenek.  
Submitted: January 10, 2012

Sharon R. Tilton — Union, Grove, Wis., has retired after teaching full-time and part-time for 46 years at various area schools. 
Submitted: October 6, 2011

Ken Boehne — Bloomingdale, Ill., retired from the Federal Government on March 31, 2011, after more than 40 years of service. He started his career with the United States General Accounting Office in June 1970. In July 1979, he joined the Railroad Retirement Board to head its audit Sanction. Positions held at the Railroad Retirement Board included Chief Financial Officer, Director of Administration and Operations, Director of Audit and Investigation, and Chief Executive Officer. In 1980, he was selected by the Arthur S. Flemming Commission for honors as one of then outstanding Federal employees in the nation under the age of 40. In 1989, he was honored with the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award for distinguished leadership in making major improvements in financial management systems and practices. In 1991, he was presented with the Presidential Rank Award by the White House, and in 2000 he was the recipient of Carthage College's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011

Thomas C. Mortenson — Detroit Lakes, Minn., the youngest City Council President in the history of Racine, Wis., has been named the new County Administrator of Becker County, Minn. Becker County is the 33rd largest in the state and is located on the west central Lakes Region . Mortenson and his wife Pam (who also attended Carthage College) own a home in Detroit Lakes, the county seat. 
Submitted: January 14, 2011

John M. Karnatz — Park Ridge, Ill., and wife Pam (Werkheiser '70) are still living in Park Ridge where John has a CPA business and Pam teachs English at Oakton Community College. They celebrate the marriage of their sons, Mike June 20, 2009 and Dan Oct. 3, 2009. 
Submitted: January 14, 2010

Phil Carl — Ashburn, Va., is serving as pastor of Christ the Servan Lutheran Church in Reston, Va. 
Submitted: October 12, 2009

Steve Hendricks — Greeley, Colo., who sold his business, Greeley Tent & Awning, back in 2007, is now teaching Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology at Dayspring Christan Academy in Greely. Barb (Lorber) Hendricks '69 is currently driving a school bus for district #6 in Greeley.  
Submitted: October 9, 2009

Ken Bartels — Elmhurst, Ill., has moved on after 28 years as a vice president at Elmhurst College. He is now a Senior Vice President and Director of The Community Bank of Elmhurst (IL). He has also formed Ken Bartels Consulting, primarily working in the areas of visioning, motivation and relationships theory and practice. 
Submitted: September 25, 2009

Alan M. Oberdeck — Eatonton, Ga., published a book classified as fiction christian romance and fiction medical. The publication date is May 12, 2009. The book name is Lost in the Shadows - One Memory Two Loves and is published by Tate Publications.  
Submitted: July 8, 2009

Alan Richards — Chicago, Ill., published a novel entitiled "The Second Cycle." He and his wife, Meridee (Johnson '71), reside in Chicago. 
Submitted: July 7, 2009

Gordon A. Hess — Kenosha, Wis., has been inducted into the St. Joseph High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was varsity basketball assistant coach from 1976-1983. He was also the freshman basketball coach for the same period of time. Induction took place on Oct. 19, 2008. 
Submitted: November 3, 2008

David Sand — Marshall, Wis., passed away April 27, 2007 as a result of a car accident on his way to work. He is survived by his wife Janet (Nelson) Sand '71. At Carthage, Dave was a member of Beta Phi Epsilon. The Squires were an imortant part of his life and he made many close friends, he would have loved the 50th reunion later this year. Dave and Janet met while at Carthage and would have been married 35 years in June 2007. He was her best friend and a wonderful guy. Dave and Janet have three grown children, Karin, Krista, and Brett, and two darling granddaughters. They recently moved back to Wisconsin.  
Submitted: January 28, 2008

Mark A. Wilgus — Colleyville, Texas, Mark Wilgus is flying the B-777 for American Airlines. 
Submitted: November 9, 2007

Jon Kulka — Brookneal, Va., was elected to the American Anitiquarian Society and inducted as a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. He has also just finished writing a book, Mr. Jefferson's Women, scheduled for Oct. 2 publication by Knopf. 
Submitted: February 21, 2007

Marybeth Wolff Harris — Lexington, Ga., is currently teaching third grade in Oglethorpe County, Ga. She has recently become National Board certified.  
Submitted: May 16, 2006

Ken Bartels — Elmhurst, Ill., Vice President for Advancement at Elmhurst College, was recognized by the West Suburban Philanthropic Network as the Dean of the Fundraisers in Chicago's western suburbs. He was honored at a May 25 luncheon attended by several hundred persons involved in philanthropy, fundraising, and volunteer activities. Mr. Bartels, who has been on the Elmhurst staff for more than 20 years, recently completed a $42 million capital campaign, the largest in the college's history. Previously, Mr. Bartels was a member of the development staff at Carthage and Marquette University.  
Submitted: May 31, 2005

Christine Ryden Piet — Oak Forest, Ill., is the export coordinator for Griffith Laboratories in Alsip, Ill., Food Seasoning Company. Her son Daniel '00, is currently an athletic trainer in Lagrange, Ill. Her son Jason is a grad student studying international business at UC-Colorado Springs, and her daughter Nissa is currently a senior at Western State College in Colorado. 
Submitted: November 3, 2003

Kenton Wendorf — Grafton, Wis., was installed as senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School of Grafton on Sept. 7. St. Paul is a 3,000-member church of the South Wisconsin District of the LCMS. 
Submitted: September 16, 2003

Joanne Kappell — Glenview, Ill., passed away Jan. 1. 
Submitted: June 27, 2003

Joan Lupie Blaschke — Brookfield, Wis., received a master of education degree in professional development from Cardinal Stritch University in Aug. 2002. She teaches Spanish at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wis. 
Submitted: June 11, 2003

Ruth Bolling Wilson — North Chicago, Ill., is a retired registered nurse. She continues to be involved in religious activities. 
Submitted: January 17, 2003