Lakeside Lutheran Link issue 07

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The Lakeside Lutheran Link, Spring 2015

“Time to say thank you...

Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Hahn is wrapping up his 20th year at Lakeside, where he currently serves as athletic director, baseball and football coach and PhyEd instructor. He has also taught social studies and religion classes during his years at Lakeside. Says Coach Hahn: “What a joy it has been. Students graduate and new students arrive, but the message that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus does not change. I have been privileged to be a part of this ministry where parents have entrusted their children to us, the faculty and staff of LLHS. There is no greater joy than knowing that I will spend an eternity in heaven with those I taught and with all the colleagues who joined with me in sharing that eternal message. God has truly blessed my 20 years at Lakeside. (see related story, p. 4) “As I retire this school year, it is time to say thank you. Thank you for the honor of teaching at Lakeside. My wife, Anita, and I thank St. Mark’s congregation and the Lakeside Federation for your part in sharing the gospel message with our children Cathy (‘95), Aaron (‘00), Greg (‘02), and Becky (‘05). Thank you to our sister school, Luther Prep, for the four years given our son Rodney (‘98). Christian education is a shared responsibility. Thank God for the many wonderful people who have been instrumental in our lives and the lives of our children.” If you wish to send Mr. Hahn some treasured memories and/or retirement well-wishes of your own, his home address is 610 E. Cady St. Watertown, WI 53094.

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mission Lakeside Lutheran High School is committed to assisting parents and area WELS/ELS congregations in nurturing the faith of our students through a Christ-centered education that emphasizes the grace of God in Christ and lives of Christian service in the home, the church and society. Our mission is dedicated to the glory of God on whom alone we are dependent for all blessings, and is carried out in response to his love for us.

Mr. Hahn retires after 20 years of service to LLHS

Lakeside Lutheran High School 231 Woodland Beach Rd. Lake Mills, WI 53551 • 920.648.2321

Principal: James Grasby Assistant Principal: Pastor Don Schultz Development Director: Scott Gronholz Recruitment Director: Steve Lauber Athletic Director: Jerry Hahn Bd of Regents, Chair: Scott Schneider

Photo credits: Page 2: Tim Constien Page 4: Bari Vredeveld Page 5: New Beginnings p. 6 contributed by Dan Roekle


New beginning at New Beginnings for '09 grad

about our federation The Lakeside Lutheran Federation includes 31 congregations in a diverse geographic region in southcentral Wisconsin that extends north to south from Beaver Dam to Janesville and east to west from Oconomowoc to Madison. The Lakeside Lutheran Link is the alumni publication of Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, WI, published twice annually and distributed free of charge to alumni, supporters, students, families and friends. Readers are encouraged to pass on copies to benefit others. Please direct all correspondence, letters, news corrections, comments and requests to be added to our home mailing list to:


Ringfinder ‘96 alum brings long lost joy


Warrior Band to enjoy another cherry summer


Lakeside Links: alum news • remembering • reunions


Upcoming events you want to be a part of from the cover:

Grand Event IV • March 28, 2015 "Anchored in Faith"


The entire student body expresses its thanks to all who made another Grand Event possible!

ur annual Grand Event dinner/auction benefit is an open event and welcomes all for an evening of FUNdraising and fellowship. It takes the support of many volunteers, donors and attendees to make it a success. It truly shows the outpouring of love and support for Christian education and LLHS. We are thankful to have been blessed with another year of amazing generosity. Proceeds directly support building debt reduction as well as tuition assistance for Lakeside families in need. This year, 205 guests attended the event. We raised net profit of $45,000. Over 450 items were donated for the Silent/Live Auctions, Dessert Sail, Jewelry Treasure Hunt, Wine Pull and for event decorations. Nearly 200 volunteers—students & parents, faculty & staff, and Kohls Associates in Action—gave 1,250 hours in preparation for the event, plus another 1,000 hours during the 5-hour event. Mark your calendar and join us for a brand new event next February 13, 2016!


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Teacher Jerry Hahn retires after 20 years as a Warrior Another familiar face takes his leave: Mr. Gerald Hahn retires this spring after 20 years of teaching multiple combinations of Old Testament, Church History, Senior Religion, World History, Consumer Math, Health, and Freshmen Boys’ Physical Education. With a degree in education from Chadron State College (emphasis History) in 1969, he taught public high school in Hay Springs, Nebraska until being drafted into the army. After two years in the military, he attended DMLC for synodical certification and began his formal ministry as a one-year tutor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, then taught at Memorial Lutheran in Williamston, MI. He also served at St. Mark in Watertown until his call to Lakeside Lutheran in 1995. Along with classroom duties, Hahn notched 11 years coaching Freshmen Basketball, nine years supervising Weight Room, two with Freshmen football, and all 20 years coaching either JV Baseball (4) or Varsity (16). “All my teams are special, and each team creates its own memories, but seeing the joy on the 2009 baseball team after defeating Wisconsin Lutheran and Waupun in sectionals will always be a special memory,” says Hahn. “Conference championships have more meaning to me, but the thrill of going to state is something that those young men will cherish for a long time.” Mr. Hahn thinks of his students long after they leave the halls of Lakeside. “It’s very rewarding when alumni stop by and say, ‘It’s because of you that I became a teacher’ or ‘Thank you for believing in me. Your love and concern made a big difference in my life.’ Although these moments happen after they graduate, I think all teachers would say these moments remind us and encourage us to treat all students as if page 4 | Lakeside Lutheran Link | Issue 7, Spring 2015 |

they were our own. Each and every one of them is a soul that our Savior loves deeply.” One of the many “extras” Mr. Hahn is known for is collecting chapel devotions given by Warrior faculty and passing them on to Lakeside graduates in the military who often don’t have an accessible place to worship where they are stationed. As a vet himself, he understands the challenges of nurturing faith after leaving home, especially in the military. What’s next? “It will be a joy to spend more time with my wife, Anita,” he says. “She has sacrificed much so that I could teach and coach. Being able to spend evenings with her without commitments will be a blessing us both. I also look forward to just being grandpa and being a part of the grandchildren’s lives. I also hope to continue my ministry by writing devotions for my family and loved ones. Our Godgiven duties do not end with retirement. There is always much work to do in the Lord’s kingdom.”

orn1In life, what sometimes appears to be the end, is really a new beginningorn7 New Beginnings— A Home for Mothers is a long-term, Christian-based program —now based in Milwaukee—that offers structure and spiritual guidance for a young mother and her new baby, operated by Christian Life Resources, Inc. (CLR), our WELS arm of prolife ministry. Mothers are invited to stay at the home up to one year following the birth of their children. In that time they can learn the skills needed to manage a household while adjusting as a new family.

The Lakeside family may well remember the “first” New Beginnings...when science teacher Craig Schwartz left with wife Judy to join CLR from 1993–2000 to provide a safe, clean and caring environment for both pregnant women and new mothers in need in the metro-Denver area of Colorado. Now that the home relocated in 2014, Lakeside lays claim to another connection, as Brianne Kluge (‘09) is the new home manager! “If you would have asked me months ago where I would be now, I would have said, ‘I will still be working as a Research Assistant

with Children’s Hospital, of course!’ says Brianne. “I had no idea that I would be managing a home for mothers right across the street! The circumstances leading up to my hire as Home Manager can only be explained through God’s grace and guidance.” This home houses up to four women and their children in furnished apartments equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. The New Beginnings program includes house rules, 24-hour staff accountability, program management, professional counseling opportunities, other services and resources. clockwise, top: Brianne Kluge (LLHS ‘09) represents New Beginnings at the WELS Nurses Association Convention; Easter dinner 2015 with the first Milwaukee home residents; New Beginnings relies on several fundraisers to meet program costs. Upcoming is a 5K at the Wisconsin Lutheran College athletic complex on June 6. For details, go to

Lifetime of memories: The spring of 2009 saw a program first as Coaches Hahn and Lauber took the Warrior boys to the WIAA Division 2 State Baseball Tournament after an underdog sectional win against Waupun and WISCO. Lakeside Lutheran Link | Issue 7, Spring 2015 | | page 5

an Roekle has been metal detecting since 2010. It started as a hobby, he says, “to spend time with my son and daughter. I love the fact that they would rather spend time outdoors ‘looking for treasure’ than in front of the TV or on electronic devices.” In 2012 he joined “The Ring Finders” online network of over 250 metal detecting specialists across the U.S. and abroad who help locate lost treasures; success stories have been piling up for Dan, Carter and Kylie ever since. “We love heading out on hunts, because we love to help people out who have lost their rings,” Dan says.

Dan’s 1996 senior yearbook pic

Dan and his family live on the west side of Madison, but regularly search throughout the state, and are willing to travel to neighboring states. He has specialized equipment that can search on land as well as under up to 8 feet of water. They have found lost rings at Devil’s Lake, Castle Rock Lake in central and Webb Lake in northwest Wisconsin, among others.

They have found and returned men’s rings, women’s diamond rings, white and yellow gold rings, tungsten carbide and silver rings—to date, they have found and returned 15 wedding rings! “It’s that one moment when we hand the ring back to them, the joy and the squeals. It’s pretty cool,” he says. While the focus tends to be on rings, Dan and his children have also searched for cell phones, keys, lot/yard stakes, and once, a buried cache of gold and silver coins in a backyard. They work on a reward basis, but the Roekles sure aren’t in it for the money. He allows people to pay what the service is worth to them personally after a nominal $25–50 to cover fuel and expenses. When they are rewarded, the Roekles immediately donate 25% to Carter’s and Kylie’s Lutheran elementary school, Westside Christian School in Middleton. They use the remainder to reinvest in new equipment, such as the expensive underwater detector that enabled them to find four rings in 2014 that they would otherwise have not been able to help with. Dan encourages people to call for help right away if they’ve lost something treasured. “People are tempted to rent and look themselves, but it’s usually a waste of time and money,” he says. “It might seem easy to use, but rentals are usually lowend, and any detector takes time and practice to use effectively.” He never imagined during his high school years that he would be involved in these types of “quests” as a family man, but it’s been more rewarding than he could have dreamed. “Family time is the best treasure,” he says. Now that’s golden. From lost to found...every ring has a story

Much of the content for this feature came from Dan’s website, www. He invites everyone to explore his site, read his blog of successful recoveries at and by all means. if you have a lost ring or other treasured metal jewelry, call him at 608.516.0432 —the sooner the better!

Dan Roekle began metal detecting in 2010 as a hobby in order to spend time outdoors with son Carter and daughter Kylie. To date, they have helped return 15 wedding rings and have searched for cell phones, keys, yard stakes, and once–a buried cache of gold and silver coins in a backyard.

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This summer will be another bowl of cherries... According to the trophy shelves in the LLHS band room, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan has been very good to your Warrior Marching Band! Since 1993, Cherry Fest has been a regular rotation in “short trip” years, often with awardwinning results! In addition to all the fun sight-seeing and activities, Warriors march in two parades, the Thursday night Junior Royale Parade, and the festival-culminating Cherry Royale Parade on Saturday morning. 1995: 3rd place Junior, 1st place Cherry 1999: 2nd place Junior 2003: 1st place in both parades! 2007: 3rd place Junior, 1st place Cherry 2010: 3rd place Junior 2015: _____________________________ Junior Royale Parade, July 9 — 6:30 p.m. Cherry Royale Parade, July 11 — 11:15 a.m. Whether it’s for a local Wisconsin parade or the Festival, if you’re in the area, come cheer on your resurging 80+ member Warrior Band and their catchy Cirque de Soleil score Distorted—sure to impress! Lakeside Lutheran Link | Issue 7, Spring 2015 | | page 7

where Mark served as a WELS pastor. They have 3 children.

Nick Cooper (‘09) graduated from UWWhitewater in December of 2013 with a health, human performance and recreation major, and a coaching minor. Nick writes: “I was a student assistant for the UWWhitewater football team where we’ve won 4 of the last 5 national championships. I’ve been on the Packers sidelines and met many players and coaches. I’ve been to the Cowboys, Bears, Titans, Cowboys, Broncos, and other stadiums. I was also competing and traveling the country cornering professional MMA fighters. I currently manage the Snap Fitness in Whitewater, and soon to begin working for Kohl’s Kicking, a company that works with high school athletes looking for college scholarships, college athletes looking at NFL, free agents, and many NFL athletes. We travel nationwide throughout the year. I can’t thank God enough for allowing me to continue doing what I love, and I look forward to the next five years. God Bless!” Nicholas Kraemer (‘08) graduated from UW– Whitewater last May with a B.A. in Political Science and a Business Minor and began working for UW Madison Extension in August. Darren and Morgan (Hoffman ‘07) Holzer were married July 19, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church in Jefferson, and live in Grafton, Wisconsin. Mason Degner (‘04) married Nikki on July 24, 2010. They welcomed daughter Mackenzie on Oct. 18, 2011 and daughter Mariah on May 4 2013. The Degner family are page 8 | Lakeside Lutheran Link | Issue 7, Spring 2015 |

members at St. Mark in Watertown, WI. Leah (Selje ‘02) and Dr. Nathan Hoot were married Dec. 21 at the Torre di Pietra Winery in Fredericksburg, Texas and honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Nathan is an Emergency Medicine Physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Leah is employed at Geophysical Technology, Inc. in Houston, where they live. Alissa (Pfeifer ‘01) Schroeder writes to share that husband Mark accepted a call to teach and coach at LPS in Watertown starting in the 2013-14 school year. The Schroeder family previously lived in North Carolina,

Aria Violet Welke was born June 3, 2014 to Nathan and Kaycee (Hafenstein ‘01) Welke (‘01). She joins her proud big sister Regan (5). Nathan and Kaycee live in Fort Atkinson. Nathan works at High Track in McFarland. Kaycee enjoys being a stay at home mom and works part time for Fort Healthcare. Jonathan and Lindsay Bauer (‘00) moved back to southern Wisconsin after living in the Phoenix area for the past six years. Jonathan accepted a call to serve as pastor at Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, a new mission effort started by Resurrection in Verona. For the past year services have been held in a rented space in Mt. Horeb.

Peter Fenske (‘99) went to heaven on May 17 after an 8-month battle with lymphoma His wife Caroline and their two children, Allison (7) and Aidan (4), live in Virginia. Read about the battle and some beautiful Christian testimony on the peace that passes all understanding at peterfenske (son of former band director David and Guidance Secretary Ruth) Peter Heyn (‘98) married Andrea Mock at St. Paul Lutheran (WELS) in South Haven, MI May 10, 2014. The wedding party included siblings Katie (‘01), David (‘03), Mark (‘04), Ben (‘07), Josh (‘11) and Rachel Heyn. Peter and Andrea live in Lakeland, FL where Peter has served as pastor at Peace Lutheran (ELS) since 2012.

Heidi Haenel (‘95) passed into glory on May 21, 2015 in Wausau after a 3-year battle with cancer. See http:// for an opportunity to support her young children, Logan and Hallie. Julie (Suits ‘95) and Marcus Linke announce the adoption of their son, Kasper Stephen, born January 1, 2015 at 6lb 2.5oz. Julie writes: “Big Sister Rowan is very excited to have a new baby brother!” The family lives in Mesa, AZ. Kevin (‘85) and Karen (Sturm ‘86) Brumm moved to Lake Mills last May. Karen writes: “Conner graduated LL in 2013. He works at American Packaging in Columbus, enjoying his horse & hanging out with friends! Carson will be a LL freshman & is in summer band! He enjoyed the youth football program and looks forward to being a Warrior on the field as well! Kevin & I continue to run Towne Inn & I my Mary Kay business—we just marked 10 years with Towne Inn!” Barb (Fenner ‘77) Watters received her Associates Degree in ECE from Rassmussen College and is employed as Lead Teacher for the Before and After School Child Care program at the YMCA of Dodge County, WI.

Former teacher Craig Schwartz (‘74-’93) remarried to Margaret on December 6, 2013. He writes,”I’m still in Denver after our work with New Beginnings from ’93 to 2000. Judy enjoyed the shortage of mosquitoes and milder winters for both of us. Margaret is from across town and sort of a native from these parts. Keep smilin’ ‘cause Jesus did it all!” Retired WELS teacher Robert P. Eberhardt passed away on September 26, 2014 at the age of 83. He taught at LLHS from 1961 until retiring in 1970. Following his teaching career he served as a nursing home administrator for WLCFS in Milwaukee and the Martin Luther Home in Saginaw. Funeral services were October 6 at Divine Peace Lutheran in Milwaukee. Of his 5 children, the 2 eldest were LL alums—Marcus (‘71) and David (‘72). Share your own “alumni link” for our next edition. Update us online: Upload a photo along with it! You can also e-mail your announcement to bvredeve@llhs. org or call Bari at 920.648.2321 x2223

Tony & Sarah (Castillo ‘77) Neu Brat Fry Benefit...was an amazing success. The Neu family experienced a house fire in June 2014 that required them to rebuild their Hustisford home. The Lord protected their family from injury. The 5-hour brat fry benefit served hundreds September 27 and was hosted at the Tri-Par BP convenience store & gas station in Hustisford. Tony & Sarah were back in their house October 17. Tony & Sarah and Pastor Mark & Rita (Castillo) Bartsch appreciate the cards, prayers, phone calls, mailed donations and those attending the Brat Fry event that helped them purchase new furnishings. Lakeside Lutheran Link | Issue 7, Spring 2015 | | page 9

We are grateful for the heartfelt gifts offered to the ministry of Lakeside Lutheran High School by one or more donors between July & December 2014 in memory or honor of loved ones.

Judith Affeld Mark Alberts June Altwies Harold Baars Earl Bell Mary Berkevich Dave Berndtson William Bessel Ruth Birkholz Ruth Blomgren Lurline Borchardt Joey Bowling Benjamin Brumm Fern Bublitz Shirley Budewitz Richard Burgdorf Edwin Buske Marie Carnes Carl Christianson Thomas Christoffel Gene Dempsey Eugene Dischler Joyce Dorn Sue Eaton David Ellis Janet Everson Randy Fiegel

Phyllis Findlay Ella Frey Harvey Froemming M/M Gerald Garvoille Roy Gentz Melvin and Oral Glocke Rosetta Grob Anne Hahm Richard Harris Dave Hershberger LaVerne Hettich Lawrence Hettich Phyllis Hollenbeck Randy Homan Raymond Honeman Lela Iles Mary Jaeger Rev. John Jeske Inez Kalfahs Robert “Bob” Kautzer Robert “Bob” Kehoe Gramma Kerr Christopher Knief Enno A. Knief Diane Koeppel Phyllis Kohl Beth Krause

Samantha Anthon M/M Dennis Arndt............40th Wedding Anniversary Agnes Froemming LLHS Class of 1964 LLHS Class of 1967 M/M Hank Luetzow...........65th Wedding Anniversary M/M Leroy Nell M/M David Wolfram..........50th Wedding Anniversary M/M Herman Zastrow.......60th Wedding Anniversary Vernon Zickert.........................................100th Birthday

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Marily Krueger Althea Kuhl Lawrence Kuhl Harold Lee Norton Lee Dorothy Lemke Eleanor Lorenz Bill Luethy Chris Luethy Harriet Luetzow Carl (Mike) Marty Merlin Miller Vivian Miller Zach Moyle Charles Naatz Naomi Natvig Donald Olp Sylvester Olszewski Gene O’Neil Loved Ones James Pearson William E. Peterson Willis Piepenbrink Melvin Pieper Bruce Pingel Merle Priebe Lorna Roberts

Clarence Sander Eleanor Schilling Hannah Schleef Louie Schubert Derek Schultz Kristina Schultz Cindy Schultz-Munson David Schumacher Earline Sickinger Lorna Sievert Thomas Stai Dorothy Sukow Russ Tetzlaff Edith Thompson James Topel Michael Vieth Ruth Weber Delores Wegner Gertrude Winning Bill Winters Carol Wishowski Armin Zastrow Benjamin Zastrow Jon Zuleger Earl Zumm Ryan Zweifel

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class reunion news

Class of 1965—50th...September 12, 2015 at HiWay Harry’s in Johnson Creek... Contact: Gene Burrow (920) 648-8526 for more info or to RSVP

Class of 1985— Kathy (Schmidt) Haley at Class of 2000—15th...Saturday, July 25, 2015

Family Potluck: Sandy Beach Park, Lake Mills • Noon • Cost: Admission to Park Adult Night: Salamone’s, 1245 Madison Ave, Ft. Atkinson • 6pm • Cost: $15/person | Come to one or both! RSVP by July 3 to Lindsay (Schultz) Long: or Kayla (Jaeckel) Brown:

Class of 2005—10th...Plans are starting

contact Katie Schultz at 920-253-5091 or Kim Nagel at

Recent Reunions...

Class of 1964 held its 50th on October 18 at Lake Mills Golf Club with 34 class members & 3 “original” teachers.

Back Row: Ross Stueber, Lee Pitzner, Tom Farrell, Howard Wiedenhoeft, Fritz Feuerherm III, Tom Reul, Stan Jaeger, Larry Zastrow, Roger Geissler, Marsha Hoppmann Alton Behlke, Dennis Roth, Daryl Maasz, Marvin Koch (teacher), Phillip Strohm (teacher). Middle Row: Arlene (Sellnow) Krause, Johanna (Witte) Last, Gail (Ebert) Anderson, Marlene Hoppmann, Ruth Huebner, Judy (Degner) Kuykendall, Carol (Held) Becker, Mary (Martens) Eigenschink, MaryAnn (Hupke) Larson, Bev (Detert) Buehlow, Jim Buehlow, June Miller, Myrna (Jaeger) Harvey, Lloyd Huebner (teacher). Front Row: Judy (Lang) Lembrich, Barb (Neipert) Koch, Judy (Klingbeil) Gosdeck, Betty May, Karen (Kube) Holzhueter, Nancy (Gay) Sponholz, Ione (Jaeger) Ibeling, JoAnn Piper.

Class of 1984—report from Dena Miller: Our 30year reunion was held in conjunction with LLHS’s Homecoming football game and alumni tailgate party last October. Between the two evenings, there were more than 30 classmates present, most making it to the party held at Olympia Resort on Saturday evening, featuring a buffet dinner and prizes awarded for various categories (most gray hair, traveled the farthest, 1st grandchild, etc.). Good times! Editor’s note: The class of 1984 won the “Most in Attendance” award at the 2015 Homecoming Alum Zone party (unseating 1986). They were awarded $100, held in reserve for their next reunion event. ~Way to show~

Class of 2004 was at Carp’s Landing in Lake Mills on October 4, 2014. Looks like a good time!

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