Clarke University Class Notes - Spring 2020

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NOVEMBER 1, 2019 - MARCH 20, 2020

S W E N & i n S E T m O N alu NEWS

Penny (McIntosh) Murphy '67 Penny and her husband Bob were married on 7/20/70. Together, they have three children, three children-inlaw, and six grandchildren.

Marie (Bohan) Schmitz '47 Marie with her great-grandson.

Class of 1969 Four classmates from the class of 1969 had a mini-meet up in Sarasota, Florida, in early March. They greeted each other with elbow bumps amid Coronavirus concerns. Left to right: Mary (McCormick) Miller, Mary Jo (Hostert) Zaksas, Mary Jean Jecklin, and Nancy Frankenberg.

Joyce (Leonard) Hindley '76 Joyce with Jim Mueller '91. Joyce and Hal Hindley live in Thousand Oaks, California. They were visiting Jim and Deb Mueller from Dubuque, IA in Estero, Florida.

Donna (McMahon) Stehn '76 Donna is working on a book about her family's history and shared the following story about her parents: "Here's a little story about how my parents met. Mary is my Dad's only sister. My Dad's family lived in Dubuque. Mary taught in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, for one year after she graduated from Clarke. She taught my Mom and her three siblings English at their high school. She only taught them for one year before returning to Dubuque. My Dad and three of his brothers were all serving in the army at that time during WWII. Mary frequently talked about her brothers to her students. In fact my Mom told us if they wanted to get Miss McMahon off topic one of them would ask her about her brothers. My Mom moved to Dubuque with her Mom and her sister in 1944 after her father died. My Mom went to look Mary up and Mary introduced my parents. They were married in 1947 and Mary was their bridesmaid. Mary never got married but she introduced all six of her brothers to their wives. I think her brothers thought there was no one good enough for their sister! Mary was an intelligent woman of many talents. She was the matriarch of our family and everyone's favorite aunt. She was forever proud of her degree from Clarke College! Thought you might enjoy learning a little bit about my dear Aunt Mary McMahon! I also attended Clarke College from 1972-73 before transferring to UNI to pursue my degrees in speech pathology. Mary worked at the library at Clarke at that time. "

Paula (Koellner) Friedman '78 Paula and Terry Friedman were presented with the Dubuque Telegraph Herald's 2019 First Citizen Award.


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Jane Schissel '83 Jane was a 2020 Impact Award Recipient for the Boulder (CO) Valley School District. Jane is a teacher and librarian at Broomfield High School and was recognized for turning the library into a collaborative, innovating, and welcoming space. Tim Swett '85 Tim has been living overseas (Namibia, Sudan, Guinea, Iraq, France, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Thailand, Mexico, Burkina Faso, Jordan, and now Serbia) since the '90s and has lost contact with many of his Clarke classmates but is interested in reconnecting. Contact the Alumni Relations office for his contact information.

Tom Bechen '01 Jane and Tom Bechen have worked as full-time volunteers for years and are currently both involved in many organizations throughout Dubuque County. Jane is a Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation board member and previously served as its president. She is the president of the Dubuque County Library District's Friends of the Library, the president of Dyersville Area Historical Society and the president of the Social Justice Committee at St. Elizabeth Pastorate in Epworth, Iowa. She volunteers at the Seton

Catholic School libraries and in the library at Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque. Tom is the chairman of the Dubuque County Library District's Board of Trustees. He also is a volunteer counselor at Sunset Park Place retirement community through the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, a parish member at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, and the chairman of the Dubuque County Board of Health. Kris Breyer '05 Kris was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Born and raised in Minnesota, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clarke University in 2005. He started his career at KPD in 2013 and has been assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau. He is also a member of the Special Response Team, a drug recognition expert, and was a field training officer. In 2018, he was granted the "Life Saving Award," and has been recognized as an Employee of the Month.

Ann (Kluesner) Arnold '07 Ann was one of six Dubuque, Iowa teachers to garner a state STEM award. The award honors teachers who help inspire students to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Ann teaches math at Dubuque Community Schools' Alternative Learning Center. Molly (Gau) Davis '11, '12M Molly competed on an episode of "Wheel of Fortune" in December (aired in February). She went home with a prize of $4,000! Nicky Newhoff '11 Nicky joined Associated Anesthesiologists P.A. in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a nurse anesthetist.

Katie (Jacobson) Gudenkauf '15, '18D Katie was honored during halftime at the Hy-Vee Heroes Game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, NE last November. She was named a "Citizen Hero" by the American Red Cross for saving Jake Tebbe's life at an indoor soccer game in March at Clarke University. She is a nurse practitioner at Grant Regional Community Clinics in Lancaster and Potosi, WI. Jake is also a 2004 Clarke graduate and the band director at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School.


Marie Neff, BVM '69

Jean (Kennedy) Brown '44

Mary (Kendregan) Dare '71

Margaret (Luecke) Kidwell '44

Sandra (Donohoe) Bianciotto '73

Mary Ann (Dupont) Schroeder '48

Sue (Brown) Jennings '93

Jean (Jungels) Kean '49

Marybeth (McDonald) McLees '83

Shirley (King) Kilfoy '50

Michaele Matt '91

MARRIAGES Allison (Smith) Walters '16 to Brendan Walters '15 Amanda (Raschke) Ramler '15, '16M to Nate Ramler

BIRTHS Desi (Schmitz) Venzen '04 and Thomas, girl Sam Murley '06 and Shelly '09, girl Mike Link '07 and Jenny (Harms) '08, girl Brian Harris '08 and Abby, boy

Your life is full of amazing happenings – and we love to share in your joy.

Wes Johannsen '10 and Megan, boy Amanda (Fleege) Gaul '11 and Tony, boy

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