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A publication for the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools community. Volume XXXVI • Issue 1 • Fall 2017


is still calling




Our mission... to form a community of faith and learning by promoting a Catholic way of life through Gospel values and


is still calling


academic excellence. Sioux Falls Catholic Schools 3100 W 41st St Sioux Falls, SD 57105 President: Kyle Groos Alumni Director/Editor: Carol Barnett Nesbitt, ‘80 605.575.3360 Director of Development Susanne Halverson Gale ‘94 605.575.3342 Executive Director SFCS Foundation: Michelle Meinen Katen, ‘87 605.575.3362 Admissions / Recruitment: Jenni Struck 605.575.3358


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With vocations to the priesthood a growing challenge in the Church, we celebrate whenever one of our alumni of O’Gorman is ordained. This summer was especially exciting, then, when not one, but THREE of our graduates were ordained as priests in our diocese! We invited the three back to O’Gorman this summer to talk about high school, seminary and beyond. On June 2nd, Bishop Paul Swain ordained Andy Thuringer, Tyler Mattson and Joe Scholten, all members of the O’Gorman Class of 2009! “The diocese has been praying for vocations for years,” says Fr. Andy. “You asked for this. God answered, and now we’re here. God is still calling people. He can call three people in one class or 10 people.”

L to R: Fr. Tyler Mattson, Bishop Paul Swain, Fr. Joe Scholten and Fr. Andy Thuringer

Fr. Joe says he first felt the call while still in high school. “It was clear by my senior year that this was the direction God was calling me to.” He and Fr. Andy were in theatre, oral interp and choir together. He recalls many ‘spirited’ discussions with friends in those days about theology and religion. He was voted by his classmates as the one ‘most likely to become a priest’. Fr. Andy and Fr. Joe were great friends in high school. They would stay in the classrooms and rehearse interp pieces or lines from the plays they were in until the janitors would kick them out late in the evening. Fr. Andy hadn’t considered a vocation in high school. “I never really thought about it until Joe was entering the seminary. I visited him there and we had lots of calls back and forth. It became clear over time that I was also being called.” The close friends found strength in their shared calling. “To have almost an older brother go through it,” says Fr. Andy, “was a grace for me.” Similar to Fr. Joe, Fr. Tyler said he felt a call while still in high school. “Around my junior year, a lot of friends would be talking about what they wanted to do after high school and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I would hear a quiet voice say, ‘Be a priest.’” He admits now that he ignored the voice for a while. But the voice didn’t go away. He eventually entered the seminary and says his parents noticed changes in him. “They were happy to see how I’ve grown in happiness.”

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The three newly ordained priests with O’G principal, Joan Mahoney.

“I’m blessed to not only be here but within this place. I hope that in 10 years I radiate Jesus even more than I do now.” Fr. Tyler, a self-described ‘band geek’ in high school, didn’t hang much with Fr. Andy and Fr. Joe in high school, but they became good friends in seminary. “I knew Joe fairly well, but didn’t know Andy until seminary when we actually roomed together.” He describes being at O’Gorman as a place with a deep spirit and culture of prayer. “Having a priest/chaplain on campus contributed to that,” says Fr. Tyler. Fr. Joe agrees. “Christ lives here in a real way. I don’t think it’s an accident that we are all from the same class. It’s been an amazing journey from these halls to seminary and back home again,” says Fr. Scholten. Fr. Tyler and Fr. Joe are both associates at Sioux Falls parishes, so hope to be around the Catholic schools in Sioux Falls often. In fact, Fr. Joe is now the chaplain at O’Gorman Jr. High, an assignment he is excited about, with an opportunity to share his own love for Jesus with young people and perhaps even help others considering a possible vocation. “I’m blessed to not only be here but within this place. I hope that in 10 years I radiate Jesus even more than I do now.” The three feel blessed that they have been able to be ordained and begin their lives as priests together. “It’s been beautiful to see how the Lord has brought us back together again,” says Fr. Joe. “It’s so cool to have close relationships with these guys,” says Fr. Andy. Fr. Joe, Fr. Tyler and Fr. Andy – thank you for saying YES to the call to the priesthood! You are the future of the church in our diocese and we think that’s a really great thing.



We welcomed 7 inductees into our O’Gorman-Cathedral Hall of Fame this year. Full bios are included on their plaques, which now hang in the Hall of Fame hallway at O’Gorman (outside the Performing Arts Center balcony).

STEVE MOLOHON ’92 – EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS Steve was a force to be reckoned with for O’Gorman in the early 1990s. The offensive guard helped pave the way for the Knights’ punishing ground attack, often pulling and identifying defenders around the edge and downfield, then making key blocks leading to big plays in the running game. Defensively, Molohon lined up as middle linebacker on one of the most dominant O’G defenses ever, a unit that allowed a mere 6 points per game and shut out four consecutive playoff opponents on the way to the 1991 state championship. His ability to read and react, coupled with pursuit and tackling, and an innate knack for making big plays led to 196 career tackles, 2 sacks, 5 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 5 touchdowns on returns. Molohon’s leadership was pivotal in producing an 11-1 record in 1991 that culminated with a memorable playoff run where the Knights outscored opponents 125-0. Molohon was named Captain of the Argus Leader Elite 45 team—recognizing him as the best player in the State of South Dakota. He went on to play collegiate football at Southwest Minnesota State University where he earned All-NSIC honors three times, was a preseason All-American and was named SMSU Male Athlete of the Year for 1995-1996. After college Molohon played two seasons in Austria for the Styrian Longhorns. In 1999, he was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Austrian International Football League. PAT MORAN ’89 – EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS Pat Moran earned eight letters while at O’G, two for basketball and six for tennis, which was his primary sport. He participated in the Northwest Junior Section competing against players from the Dakotas and Minnesota, winning numerous titles in both singles and doubles. He achieved a personal best #5 ranking in singles and #2 ranking in doubles with brother Chris (’91) in the 16’s division. He also won the SD Adult Closed tournament as a 16 year old, beating the reigning men’s champion Darryl Paluch in a 3-set final. A varsity player for O’G beginning in 7th grade, Moran teamed with his brother Mike (’86) for many team victories, at one point achieving 50 straight team wins. As an 8th grader, Moran won the 3rd flight singles championship. His freshman year, he took 2nd place at Flight 2 singles, while the team achieved a 2nd place overall finish. As a sophomore, Moran achieved perhaps his most memorable achievement, taking down 3-time state champion Ripper Hatch (Brookings) for the Flight 1 championship. Junior year, Moran took a tough loss in the Flight 1 finals, but the team won the state championship. As a senior, Moran won his 2nd Flight 1 championship, and then teamed with his brother Chris to take the Flight 1 doubles, the first brother duo championship in the modern era. For his career, Moran won four individual and two team state titles. The combined Moran brothers helped O’G take the SIC championship every year from 19861990. Moran was named the SD Tennis Player of the Year in ‘87 and ‘89, finishing his career with a 117-9 record. He was named a Prince HS Tennis All American in ‘87 and ‘89. He also led a team of 10 players named to the Prince HS Tennis Academic All American teams in those same years. Moran was named a Prince HS Tennis All American Honorable Mention in 1988.

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CARMEN MORRISON ’00 – EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS Carmen began playing on the O’Gorman varsity basketball and golf teams in 8th grade and earned 10 varsity letters between the two sports. She helped the Knights golf team capture 14 total city, regional and conference titles as well as one state championship and three state runner-up finishes. Individually, Carmen won two city, two regional, and three conference championships. She was a five year All-State and All-Conference selection. In basketball, Carmen came off the bench as an 8th grader to help the Knights win their first ever state championship. For her efforts, she received the Coca Cola Unsung Hero Award, the first of three during her basketball career. She was a four year starter, two-time All-Conference selection, and earned Academic All-State honors from the SD Basketball Coaches Association. Her senior year, Carmen was named outstanding athlete by the National Girls and Women in Sports Foundation and received the Margaret Lynch Award for best exemplifying the ideals of the O’Gorman athletic department. She was named FCA Honor Athlete and was also awarded a four year scholarship from the Women’s Western Golf Foundation. ANN ELKJER DOYLE ’70 – EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE Ann was always interested in public service and social justice. After graduating from USD with a BS in Sociology/Social Work, Ann worked for local and state governments to improve programs for the elderly, juvenile justice and the state-wide court system. She then worked for Ramsey County Community Human Services Department in St Paul to develop and administer programs for children who were victims of abuse or in need of treatment for their emotional or behavioral health issues. When she returned to the agency after taking time to be a stay at home mom, she worked on a domestic violence initiative and coordinating early childhood programs. Ann and her husband, Michael, were founding members of the Board of Directors for Homes on Portland Enterprises (HOPE), which was a housing component of the domestic violence shelter, St. Joseph’s House. HOPE used donations and volunteers to purchase, renovate and manage housing so the woman leaving the shelter had safe, quality and affordable housing in one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The HOPE Community now has 263 units and is a national model for resident-driven, neighborhood transformation and affordable housing. After moving with her family to the Tampa Bay area, Ann continued her public service in child welfare and community development, working for the FL Department of Children and Families, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida, where she has worked in child welfare, child abuse prevention and community development for 17 years. She is currently a Regional Administrator with Devereux, overseeing programs and staff working with families, youth and communities in 10 counties in west central Florida. Ann is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Metro Tampa affiliate of Love INC (In the Name of Christ), a nonprofit organization that she and her husband Michael started in 2013 to mobilize local Christian Churches to better serve their struggling neighbors by demonstrating the love of Christ. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa, where she is a Eucharistic Minister and member of its Foster Care Ministry. EGAN FAMILY – EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS

Seven of eight children of the Tom and Mary Ann Egan family, Mike ‘74, Debbie ‘75, Susan ‘76, John ‘77, Mary T. ‘78, Sarah ‘81 and Jane ‘87, participated on the O’Gorman golf teams between the years of 1971-1987 and found great success, including winning five state titles. Four of the siblings went on to play collegiate golf. Mary T. and Sarah were inducted into the Dakota State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Jane was inducted into the New Mexico State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and was also inducted into the O’Gorman Athletic Hall of Fame. Five of the siblings went on to work in the profession in various aspects of golf, including working as golf professionals, a golf superintendent, and the golf coach of the O’Gorman Girls Freshman/Junior Varsity team for 15 years. Some have also volunteered for several professional and charitable golf events. For many years, the Egan family participated in the Mike Egan Memorial Golf Tournament in Pierre, SD for their brother, who passed away suddenly in 2002. The Egan family continues to get together and enjoy the game of golf.


DAVE WINKER ’72 – EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS Dave earned his Bachelor of Physics Degree at the University of Minnesota. He then attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, receiving a PhD in Optical Physics based on research conducted under a joint arrangement between the Optical Sciences Center and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. After graduation, he was employed as a civilian research scientist for the US Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Activities there concerned the impact of atmospheric turbulence on the propagation of laser beams in the atmosphere. As a part of this work, he collected observations of binary stars using the 107” telescope at McDonald Observatory in Texas. In 1989 he moved to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA where he has been involved in many aspects of studying the atmosphere using lidar, a technique similar to radar but using lasers. After initial involvement in studies of volcanic aerosols using ground-based and airborne lidar systems, he became involved in the development of the Lidar In-space Technology Experiment (LITE), which acquired the first ever lidar observations from space. In fall 1994 he led science planning during LITE on-orbit operations on the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-64 mission. For this activity he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement. In 1998 he successfully proposed the CALIPSO satellite mission to NASA and the French space agency CNES. Since then he has been the lead scientist for the joint US-French CALIPSO mission, with responsibility for overall mission success and production and dissemination of data products. This $250 million mission was the first autonomous lidar instrument in orbit and is responsible for significantly advancing our understanding of clouds and atmospheric composition. As CALIPSO Principal Investigator he heads the joint US-French CALIPSO science team and works with users of CALIPSO data products including climate modeling centers and weather forecast agencies in the US, Europe, and Japan. Dave is author or co-author of over 100 scientific publications, is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union, and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research. He is a member of several international science teams, has sat on numerous review boards of both NASA and European satellites, and acts as liaison on satellite lidar activities between NASA and various national space agencies. He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany and was a contributor to the 5th climate assessment report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013. PATRICK M. GUSTAF ’70 – EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE Over the years, Pat has lived a life of service to his family, his church and his community. Pat has volunteered on both the Dakota Bowl and Extravaganza committees. Since opening his first flower shop in 1973, Pat has worked to make our community more beautiful through his designs. He taught Floral Studies at Southeast Technical Institute from 1992-2015, developing a Certification program exclusive to STI. He produced and hosted a weekly television program for KSFY-TV from 1996-2009 called “In Bloom”. Pat is a founding member of the South Dakota Florists Association, holding all leadership positions over the years. Pat was inducted into the South Dakota Florists Hall of Fame. He learned early on in his career that the florist industry was one of low profit margins, resulting in the decision that his societal contribution in service of others would be Time and Talent in lieu of Treasure. He’s donated countless floral certificates to local fundraisers and nonprofit groups. At his parish, Pat has served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, sacristan, religious education teacher, youth group committee member and parish finance council member. Pat’s face is very familiar to the community as a leader member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club. He was Pancake Days Chair in 1984 and 1991, served as president of the club and was awarded the 100% President Certificate. Pat was the 1997 Multiple District Convention Chairman and received the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation. He was the 1997 South Dakota Lion of the Year. He was the Pancake Day Grill Chairman from 2000-2012. He’s also served as the Campaign Sight First II Co-Chair. He was the 2010-2016 SD State Lions Pin Chair. As a parent of two Special Olympians, Pat has been very involved over the years with the Sioux Falls and South Dakota Special Olympics programs. He was focused on seeing his daughters and many other people with special needs have the highest quality of life possible. He has served as a bowling and track & field coach and has traveled the country supporting Special Olympics athletes. An Irishman through and through, Pat has brought his family to every Sioux Falls St. Patrick’s Day Parade since the first one some 37 years ago. In 2014 he was chosen to be the parade’s Grand Marshall, a fitting honor for a man who has given so much to his community.


Knight Notes ST. MARY STUDENT IS NATIONAL CHAMP St. Mary 5th grader Evan Mahrous was named a National Champion Triathlete for his age group after competing in the USA Triathlon in Ohio this past August. The 11-year-old completed a 200 meter swim, a 10k bike ride, and a 2k run in just over 30 minutes!

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HEARTS AND ARTS A piece of artwork created by St. Mary students for the SFCS Extravaganza auction last year has found a new home at Sanford’s Heart Hospital. The collage of student artwork, all created on post-it notes, is now located near the hospital chapel. All Sanford Heart Hospital art is created by local artists. r/The American

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NATIONAL HONORS FOR O’G SENIOR O’Gorman senior Nathaniel Pekas was selected to participate in the prestigious US Army All-American Marching Band. The band plays during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a game that features the nation’s top high school senior football players and marching musicians. He will march during half-time of the game in San Antonio, TX. This summer, Nathaniel was also chosen as one of two boys selected to represent South Dakota at Boys Nation in Washington D.C. Those chosen act as senators for their state in a model federal government.

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MISS MAC STARTS 50TH YEAR! Longtime St. Mary teacher Jan McEntee began her 50th year of teaching this past August. Sadly, she also announced this will be her final year of teaching. Miss Mac says she is proud to have taught the children and now grandchildren of some of her earliest students. Miss Mac’s last day at St. Mary will be the last day of school, May 18, 2018. SFCS REPRESENTED AT LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES O’Gorman Junior High 8th Grader Leo Hueners and Holy Spirit 5th grader Sully Schlimgen both competed in the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania this summer. A picture of Leo and a competitor from the Dominican Republic went viral on the internet, after the photographer captured them communicating with each other through a translation app on their phones. Leo says the boy named Benny wanted to know his name, and who was playing that night, but the boy was speaking Spanish. Instead of walking away, he decided to find another way to communicate and made a new friend in the process. O’G GRADS DOING WELL IN BIG LEAGUES Dusty Coleman ’06 was called up to start for the MLB team the San Diego Padres this summer. He served as a relief infielder for the team. Dusty hit four home runs in the 27 games in which he was called up.




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Cedric Lang ’11 was signed by the Minnesota Vikings to their practice squad. Lang had been a basketball player at UTEP before taking a 5th year of academic eligibility to give football a try. He was in camp with the Denver Broncos during the offseason this year, but was officially signed onto the Vikings’ practice squad as an offensive lineman in September. RO C K STA R T R O M B O N IST Olivia Roers ’17 was hono red for achieving a rare feat in South D akota high school ba nd history. Sh e was chosen to play trombone in the All-Stat e Orchestra, A llState Band, an d All-State Jazz Band every ye ar of her high school career . She was th e subject of one of South Dakot a Public Broadca sting ’s One-OnOne segments over the summ er where she disc ussed her pass ion and dedica music. Olivia is tion to continuing to pl ay while studyi University of N ng ebraska-Lincoln. at the


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2017 HOMECOMING ROYALTY Theresa Fischer, Elizabeth Miller, Teresa Kayser, Rachel Bergh 2017 Homecoming Queen - Sydney Bloomer

2017 Homecoming King Jonathan Binstock Trever Brenner, Miles Cowan, Tres Jones, Zachary Witte


The O’G Girls won the State Championship in June. The Lady Knights won by 41 strokes over Aberdeen Central, setting State records. Emily Olson won the individual title. Three made the All-Tournament team: Emily, Carly Kunkel and Sophie Jansa. Two others made All-State: Jenna Sutcliffe and Sophia Salter.

The O’G Boys won the State Championship in October. The Knights won by ONE SHOT over Rapid City Stevens, and also set State records. Bryce Hammer was named to the All-Tournament team. Four made All-State: Blake Dornbusch, Sam Sutcliffe, Justin Kolb and Michael Statz. The Knights are coached by Tom Jansa ’80.

GIRLS SOFTBALL STATE CHAMPS The O’Gorman Girls’ Softball Team won the State Softball Championship for the first time ever! The Knights battled some great teams, lost in the semis, but battled back, finally forcing a second game for the Championship against Brandon Valley. The Knights simply refused to give up, finally ending the Championship game at 1am Sunday morning with a walk-off double!



O’G and Harrisburg combined choir for National Anthem Director of Development, Susanne Gale ’94 and her family grab a pic in front of United Concrete’s new O’G concrete truck.

Knights unveiled one of their new uniforms, made possible by a donation. This gray gives the players the look of a Knight’s armor.


Chaplain Fr. Haggerty with the cheerleaders

Knights and #FutureKnights

New O’Gorman head football coach, Jayson Poppinga has been reaching out and connecting with alumni players over the past several months via email and short videos. He’s looking forward to including our alumni in an even bigger way in the future, including next year’s 40th Bob Burns Dakota Bowl! If you are an alumni player and would like to be on the email list from Coach Poppinga, email: OGFootball@sfcss.org

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alumni ’45 Sr. Loretta McIlvenna recently celebrated her 70th Jubilee. Sister Loretta McIlvenna, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma. Her religious name was Sr. Marie Simeon. Sr. Loretta’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Cajetan, Chicago, 1956–1959; St. Thomas More, 1965–1971; and Visitation, 1976–1984, where she also served as principal. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Loretta taught at St. Robert, Shorewood, 1971–1976. In the Diocese of Madison, she has ministered as a volunteer with parish faith formation at St. Patrick, Benton, since 2007, where she also promotes awareness of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP (1806–1864), through tours of the church he built and his home. Her home parish is St. Therese of Lisieux, Sioux Falls, in the Sioux Falls Diocese. She is the daughter of the late John and Theresa (Maher) McIlvenna.

’63 William F. Roche has an AA in ’96 Applied Meteorology. He was in the US Air Force for 23 years and retired as a MSgt. He then worked for the U.S. Post Office for 20 years. Bill also was with the Nebraska Volunteer Fire Service for 25 years. He and his wife, Terri, have five children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His email: BT_Roche@msn.com

’61 Nancy J. Scott worked as a VA pharmacy tech but retired in 2013. She is a volunteer at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, taking lots of pictures. She writes, “They offer wonderful classes for all—lots of children, all ages!”

’94 Jason Madsen writes, “My wife, Kristin, and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Brooklyn Angela, on Feb 2, 2017. After adopting our son Caden 10 years ago we never thought this was a possibility for us. All according to His plan. ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.’ - Philippians 4:13.”


’67 Nancy Bellach Sandstede has her BS in elementary education and her Masters in counseling and guidance. She is now retired. She and her husband, Larry, are parents of Sherry and Tom. They recently moved. Their email: larrynancy57@yahoo.com


Thomas Graves has been appointed a Judicial Magistrate for Polk County, Iowa, the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa. The appointment for a six-year term was made May 16, 2017.

Trent Thoms, Commercial Real Estate Broker, CBRE, was recently named to the “Pacific Business News 2017 Forty Under 40” honoring 40 of Hawaii’s best and brightest young businesswomen and businessmen. Trent received his MBA from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He is a commercial real estate broker with CBRE in Honolulu, Hawaii, an international real estate company. ’96 Joe Rutten writes, “I am excited to announce that I have accepted a position as the Director of the Benedictine Leadership Institute, and am now a faculty member at Mount Marty College. I look forward to inspiring young people to become great souls! It will be game-changing formation for young leaders in faith, virtue and professional life in the Catholic Benedictine tradition.” Joe and his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Leo and Vincent, are excited to welcome a 3rd boy into the family in November. ’97 Jennifer Hill-Schumacher earned her B.A., M.S. and M.A. and is working as a CRNA at St. Luke’s in Sioux City, IA. She married Steven Schumacher on March 25, 2017.

‘97 John Glenski was named to the “2016 Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40” award. “Each year forty individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in business and the Cincinnati community are honored by the Cincinnati Business Courier, with their annual “Forty Under 40” awards. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership- whether it is in business, politics, the arts, nonprofits, education, health care or public service. Focus is also placed on the nominee’s community involvement. I was recently humbled and honored to receive the award for 2016,” he wrote. ’97

Charlie O’Hara just sent in an update. “Me, my wife, Emily, and our boys recently moved back to Sioux Falls. Things are especially busy now that we welcomed our 3rd son, Jamis, in December of 2016. He joins big brothers Zach, 5 and Wes, 3. We are very happy to be back home.” ’97

Aaron Strand and his wife, Lauren, welcomed daughter #3, Jada Rae, on May 8th. Aaron is the Activities Coordinator at O’Gorman and is head coach of track and cross country. Jada joins big sisters Jersey and Laiklyn at home. ’98 Kelly Kangley Kayser and her husband, Kenny, welcomed Elena Jeanne Kayser on August 11, 2017. She joins big brother Daniel, 6 and big sister Sophia, 4. ’99 James A Lueth has his BS from Dakota State University in Madison, SD. He works in software development and support with United Health Care. He is married to Srilakshmi. They have three year old twins, Arya and Kayla.

’99 Suzanne Loen Berg earned her MA in Speech Communication from Minnesota State/Mankato, and her PhD in Media & Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is an assistant professor of Communications at Newman University in Kansas. She is married to William Berg, Jr, and they have two children, William, 4 and Lorelei, 1. ’01 Diane Tarbox Jansen has her AAS (applied science in veterinary technology) degree from Ridgewater College. She is manager of Dog Days Hotel and Day Camp. She is married to Steve Jansen. ’01 The Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, Bishop of Rapid City, and the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls recently announced the appointment of Christopher Motz as the first executive director for the South Dakota Catholic Conference. This newly created Conference will serve as the official voice of the bishops of South Dakota on issues of public policy, providing explanations of Church teaching and their practical application. Christopher graduated from Iowa State University and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He served in the United States Marine Corps, including active duty in Iraq. He is currently a Staff Judge Advocate in the Minnesota Air National Guard. A state Catholic conference, which most states have established, monitors, responds to and educates Catholics about proposed public policies of all levels of government, especially those that impact the life and the dignity of all persons and the rights of Catholics to practice their faith both personally and in the public square. Motz will follow the development and implementation of public policies and communicate with public officials in all branches and at all levels of governments not only during a legislative session but throughout the year. He also will serve as a resource for clergy as well as diocesan and parish staffs. Christopher and his wife Hannah have three children and are relocating to South Dakota.

’02/02 Eric Bailey and Ellie Murphy Bailey welcomed their second daughter, Hazel Margaret Bailey on October, 14, 2016, in Pierre, SD. ’04

Emily Humke Smith and her husband, Noah, welcomed their 2nd daughter, Cecilia Elizabeth, to their family on May 29th! She weighed 8 lb 8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Big sister, Lily, loves Baby Ceci and can’t believe she’s already 4 months old! ‘04/’04 Christi (Merideth) and Nathan Pease welcomed Audrey Merideth Pease on May 11, 2017, weighing 8 lbs 14 oz. Audrey joins big sister Charlotte Mary (age 3) at home. Christi is a HR Employment Manager at Furniture Mart USA Corporate Office and Nathan is a Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed. ‘05/’06 Matt and Stacy (Richter) Adamson welcomed Corinne “Cori” Kay on May 26th. “We are all very much in love, including big sister Ronni, who couldn’t be happier to have a little sister to play with.” ’07 Eric Loos graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He works for DLR Group—Architectural & Engineering. He is married to Jessica and they have two children, Abby, 10 and Logan, 7.


’08 Marie Hanisch Moran and her husband, Jack, welcomed baby Hazel Diane on June 12, 2017. She joins big brother Henry Lawrence. Marie writes, “We are so incredibly blessed!”

’12 Erik Friestad received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Augustana in May of 2016. He writes, “I recently returned from a trip to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. A few months prior to July, I successfully auditioned to join a summer choral program at Oxford where I, with 19 other international choral singers and composers, took an intensive course in English choral ‘08/’10 Taylor Juhl married Madeline music and history with composer Fritz on June 10, 2017 at St. Joseph and conductor Dr. James Whitbourn. Cathedral. O’G In the period of a week, we studied alumni in the and eventually recorded several wedding party beautiful English pieces from the included: Molly course that highlight different periods Fritz ‘12, Jordan of English history. It was a rigorous Fiegen ‘09, Mary course with fellow professional Santella ‘10, Laura vocalists and music teachers that Turgeon ‘09, was both challenging and incredibly Rachel Roth ‘09, enlightening. To say it was an in depth Adam Juhl ‘12, Paul Fahrendorf ‘08, course is an understatement, and it Shep Sonstegard ‘08, Michael Fettig truly tested my ability to manage my ‘09, Danny Fritz ‘14, and Tommy Fritz time with lessons, practice, enjoying ‘17. the company of my classmates, and at least a little bit of sleep all ’09 Katie Whitney Hildebrand and while dealing with jet lag for the her husband, first few days. I learned a ton I hope Matt, welcomed to eventually put to use in my own a beautiful baby personal study, performance and girl, Henley teaching and I met many friends that Hildebrand on I hope to see again! And that may just September 6th. happen if they decide to make a trip to Los Angeles with their choirs.” ’10 Bernadette Clare Jorgensen ‘12/’12 James and Josie (Heisel) was born on Gaspar welcomed a new baby boy, June 4 to Debbie Michael Charles, (Schulte) and Riley born June 15th Jorgensen. She at 7:59 PM, was 7 lbs 8oz. weighing 7 lbs 15 oz, and 20.5” long. Josie works for the Sioux ’11 Zach Cole earned his Bachelor Falls Catholic of Science Degree in Biological Schools in the Sciences from South Dakota State University. This will be his second year business office. James is a Business Development Specialist for Interstate teaching Physical and Life Science at Office Products. O’Gorman Jr. High.

’15 Taryn Kloth was chosen by USA Volleyball as one of 36 players who trained and competed as part of the U.S. Collegiate National TeamMinneapolis (CNT-Minneapolis) program. The CNT-Minneapolis squad, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline, is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team. The training took place in June at the University of Minnesota. Afterward, the athletes were assigned to one of three 12-member teams and competed in a round-robin format at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The matches were held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships under the same roof.


Below is a list of alumni who gave to the May 1st Go Give O’G Day for tuition assistance but after the May publication deadline, so were not recognized in the May edition. We so appreciate the support of our alumni in this effort!

‘42 Mark and Jeanette Steece ‘49 Terrence R. and Barbara Caster ‘64 Helen Rowley Martinson ‘65 Dana Summy Mefford ‘68 Margaret (Peggy) Stanton ‘70 Anlee Kappenman Rola ‘80 Theresa Luke Gannon ‘81 Tom and Kareen Dougherty ‘83 Kimberly Rysavy Lambrecht ‘88 Jen Shaeffer Schultz ‘93 Kathryn Strand ‘96 Chrissy Sampson Johnson ‘96/’00 Brian and Kelli Bot Spader ‘99 Isaac and Susan Anderson ‘12/’12 James and Josie Heisel Gaspar Parents of Grads: Shawn and Julie Cleary Steven and Brigetta Klein Joseph and Amy Ryan


In Loving Memory...

* Full obits can be found online at www.sfcss.org/alumni

FORMER STAFF: Grace Kolb died June 23, 2017. She taught business at O’Gorman for over 30 years. She is survived by her children: Chip, Joe, Matt and Mary Clare; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Grace’s mom, Mildred Seubert Vandel (deceased), was a ‘35 Cathedral graduate. Dorcas Pillar, mother of: Randall Pillar ‘68, Thomas Pillar ‘70, Julie Curry ‘73, Mary Wesnoski ‘75, Theresa Standish ‘79, and Joe S. Pillar ‘83. She taught school at St. Lambert’s for 10 years, and worked for many years as a secretary for the O’Gorman guidance counselors.

ALUMNI: ‘31 Bill Schlotter died October 22, 2016 just shy of his 103rd birthday. He is survived by his children: Mary, Josephine and Fred; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Mary Louise, and his sister Marie Schlotter Fitzgerald ‘29. ’35 Charles T. Dougherty died February 26, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores. Survived by sons, James and Thomas; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. ’38 Mary “Esther” Andersen Edwards died in November. She is survived by one daughter, Renee Swickard ‘64; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her sister, Lucille Andersen McGuire ‘36, preceded her in death.

’42 Audrey Hurley Perich died April 8, 2017. Preceded in death by her husband, John; two siblings, brothers: Kay Hurley and Williard Hurley ‘44. Survived by her daughters: Jami Rose, Meryl MaryKay, and Greta Michelle; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

’48 Clarence Josten died August 18, 2017. Survived by his wife, Darlene; two daughters, Linda and Sandra; one son, Thomas; step-children: Bobby, Casey and Jyssica Mitchell Laddusaw. Preceded in death by brothers, Arnold ‘38 and Walter ‘40; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Bette.

‘44 Helen Lorraine Toomey Walsh died July 18, 2017. Survived by her children: Joseph, Constance, Michael, Lawrence, Mary Ann, Karen, James, Barbara, Paul, John ‘Jack’ and Colleen; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; siblings, Jerry Toomey ‘51, Mike Toomey ‘59 and Sheila (Bill) Toomey Olson ‘55. Preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her sisters, Mary Toomey Strofus ‘62 and Sharon Toomey Holerud ‘55.

’48 Jerry Bollinger was listed in the last issue as deceased but his sister’s name was not included among the survivors. Maryalice Bollinger Searl ’53 also survives Jerry.

’44 Bob Forrette died May 15, 2017. Survived by his children: Robert, Lisa Marie and Jeanne; and his sister, Marilyn Forrette Barnett ‘49.

’50 Thomas Bakeberg died July 20, 2017. Survived by six children, Teresa Bakeberg Peterson ‘73, Mike Bakeberg ‘76, Kim Bakeberg, Sue Pike, Laurie Nagel, Ann Kutz; two brothers, Leo, and Bill ‘51 Bakeberg; a sister, Mary Ann Horton; grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Mitzi; a brother, John, a sister, Margaret; and a son, Steven.

’44 Anna Erger Anderson died June 3, 2017. Survived by her children, Tom Anderson, Vickie Peters, and Cathy Benson; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Darrel; son, Bradley; grandson, Tanner; brothers, Lawrence, Richard, Vernon ‘46, and George ‘42; and sister, Mary Jane.

’52 Ron Fleming died May 24, 2017. Survived by his children, Mary Pat, Ted, Jeff, Ron and Barb; 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; brothers: Pat ‘57, Jerry ‘57 and Mike ‘71; his sister, Shar Fleming Lamberty ‘54. Preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Morgan Fleming ‘53; infant son, Benny; and his siblings: Joe ‘48, Jim ‘50 and Kathy ‘67.

’46 Thomas Brown died in June. His wife, Donna (Feyder ’46) preceded him in death. Tom is survived by his son, Jim, and his brother, Dan “Fritz” Brown, ’51. Tom’s daughter, Janie, also died in June.

’53 Mickey Leitheiser Henry died October of 2016. Her husband Douglas preceded her in death.

’46 LeRoy “Bud” Donahoe died September 30, 2017. Survived by his wife, Mary Lou; son, Jeff; daughter, Debra Bornitz; two grandsons. Preceded in death by his sisters: Marie ‘31, Agnes ‘33, Margie ‘36, Shirley ‘37 and Patty ‘46.

’55 Kathleen Kirby McKenzie died May 24, 2017. Preceded in death by her husband Larry, her brother Joe Kirby, and grandson Zachary. Survived by her children: Jeanne, Julie, John and Mary; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


’55 Joan O’Hora Wiering died on September 21, 2016. She is survived by her husband Jim; daughters, Tami, Miki and Sandra; son, Douglas; seven grandchildren; sisters, Joyce O’Hora Olson ’57, Jean O’Hora Mischel ‘58; and a brother, Jim O’Hora. ’55 Denis Bruggeman died October 1, 2017. Survived by his wife, Diane; five children: Denise Sundet, Stephen Bruggeman, Elise McGlaun, Peter Bruggeman and Kyle Brunick; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Plucker ‘62. Preceded in death by three brothers, Clem ‘40, Clete ‘44 and Tom Bruggeman ‘58; and one granddaughter, Taylor Brunick. ’55 Norma Eischen Hedin died September 13, 2017. Survived by her husband, Roy; siblings: Patti Eischen Voigt ’64, Paul and Donald. ’56 Ken Gullickson died May 17, 2017. Survivors include his wife, Joan (Fischenich ‘56) Gullickson; two sons, Jeffery and Robert; daughters, Julie and Rebecca; a brother, William Gullickson; and his sister, Judith Gullickson ‘66. Preceded in death by his brother, James Gullickson ‘58. ’57 Jeanine Lucille Boos died July 17, 2017. Survived by her children, James, Debra and Brett; six grandchildren; her sister, Judy Boos Carrillo ‘59. Preceded in death by her husband, David. ’57 Virginia Staudenmaier Lovett died July 1, 2017. Survived by her husband: Jack; her children: Jackie Kasten ’80, Laura Aasen ’81, Jeannette Coleman ’83, and Steven Lovett ‘92; eleven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; four siblings: Charles Staudenmaier ‘55, Bill Staudenmaier ‘59, Tom Staudenmaier ‘62 and Charlotte Schwab ‘70. Preceded in death by her brother, Herb Staudenmaier; and sister, Margaret Pickart ‘58. Memorials may be directed in Virginia’s name to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. ’63 Jane Paa Griffith died January 20, 2017. Survivors include her husband, Robert; children, Mary, Joseph and Katherine; and 10 grandchildren. Preceded in death by her brother James ’55.


’64 David A. Wagner died September 5, 2017. Survivors include his brothers, Timothy ’67, Brad ‘77 and Neal ‘78; and nieces and a nephew. ’66 Steven Donahue died August 11, 2017. Survived by his daughters, Laurie Donahue Lienhard ‘89, Nicole Pangle ‘95; a grandson, William; step-children, Kelli Clemetson ‘95, and Nicolle Clemetson ‘00; siblings: John P. Donahue ‘67, Valerie Weinzetl ‘73 and Leanne Adams. His brother Wayne and sister Sherrie preceded him in death. ’66 Sara Sall Rikansrud died July 6, 2017. Survived by brothers, Doug Sall and Steve Sall and her sister, Joan Monka; her children: Nathan and Leah; six grandchildren. Preceded in death by her sisters, Nicky Nelson ‘63 and Mary Chermela ‘67. ’67 Patricia Turco McEntee died July 16, 2017. Survived by her husband, Michael; her daughter Méshael HerrigesDavis ’87; grandchildren, Jessica and Josiah. Preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Ann Turco-VanderWoude ‘58. ’67 Paul Gubbels died December 13, 2015. Survived by his wife, Sandra; sons: Jason, Michael, Richard and Benjamin; a grandson, Mingus; mother, Mary; brothers, Peter and Anthony; his sister, Elizabeth. Preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Marie, and his father, Steven. ’68

Connie Myers Presley died in June.

’72 Joseph Huff died August 19, 2017. Survived by his wife, Carol; his father, Joseph; his sisters Marilee Kontz ‘74, Vicki Hayes ‘83 and Michele Rausch ‘84. Preceded in death by his mother Mary Huff. ’72 Elizabeth Walsh Payson died July 22, 2017. Survivors include her husband, Cliff; children: Christina, Dan and Bill; siblings: Tom Walsh ‘66, Pam Fritz ‘68, Debbie Purtell ‘69, Cindy Walsh ‘70, Sister Meg Walsh ‘76, John Walsh ‘78, Sandy Graham and Carol Knutson. Preceded in death by her sister Mary Jo, and step-brother Bill Graham. ’74 Blythe Donahue Smith died August 1, 2017. Survived by her husband, Roger; brother, Wayne Donahue, sisters Shelley Donahue Johnson ‘77 and Faith Donahue Mills ‘82. ’80 Jeffry Reetz died June 24, 2017. Survived by his sisters Barbara Staudenmaier ‘64, Catherine Reetz ’68, and Nancy Winness ’73. Preceded in death by his sister Vickie Reetz ’65. ’81 Dean Stich died September 23rd. Survived by his mother, Sharon Stich; father Dick Stich; brother Tim Stich ‘79, and sister Sandy Elrod ’83. ’84 Kevin Michel died Oct. 1, 2017. Kevin is survived by his wife, Dawn and their children, Nathan and Lauren; his father, George; his brothers: Greg Michel ‘72, Doug Michel ‘73, Gary Michel ‘76, Paul Michel ‘80; his sisters: Karen Anderson ‘75, Karla Michel ‘77 and Trish Michel ‘82. Preceded in death by his sister, Julie ’83.

’96 Tina Cannon Johnson died September 25, 2017. Survived by her husband, ’68 Nancy Wallner Anderson died July Tim; her daughter, Caryn Piatt ‘18; her 15, 2017. Survived by her husband, Loren; parents, Jim and Donna Cannon; one brother, daughters Megan Anderson and Kristan Patrick. An endowment is being established Anderson-Dow; one grandson, Elijah; to benefit O’Gorman in Tina’s memory. Gifts siblings: Michael ‘63, David and Becky. Her may be sent to: SFCS Foundation, 3100 W. parents, June and Jim ’40 Wallner, preceded 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105. her in death. ’99 Patrick Lofswold died May 6, 2017. ’70 Jane Schafer Walczak died August Survived by his wife, Lisa; a four-year-old 24, 2017. Survived by her husband, Pete; son, Ethan; his parents, Steve and Mary; his and her brother, Larry Schafer ‘66. Preceded sisters: Angela Lofswold Saufley ’95 and Erin in death by her sister, Sandy Achenbach ‘69. Lofswold Eleria ‘97. ’71 Daniel Bade died May 13, 2017. ’01 Troy Nichols died May 7, 2017. Survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Survived by his parents, Mike and Peggy Jennifer Bade ‘04; brothers: Brian Bade (Daniels ’71) Nichols; his brothers Shawn ‘60 and Greg Bade. Preceded in death by Nichols ‘95 and Justin (Kristin Ladwig ‘00) brothers: Robert and Bruce. Nichols ’97. Preceded in death by a nephew, Jack.

FAMILY OF: Travis and Elliot Mier, husband and 5-year-old son of Jenny Gordon Mier, ’95; son-in-law and grandson of longtime O’Gorman teacher Jeff Gordon and his wife, Ila. Madeline “Mado” Pederson, mother of: Nancy Lindberg ‘69, daughter Susan Pederson ‘70, son Bill Pederson ‘74 and Julie (husband is Doug-O’G staff) Lindner ‘83. Maria Flordeliza Cabrera Feeney, wife of Brian Feeney ’57. Doug Fahrendorf, husband of Sharon; father of Adam ’04, and Paul ’08. Marilda Myers, mother of Mary Jo Keith, Carol Camp ‘65, Jim Myers ‘68, Peggy Muehlberg ‘69, Joe Myers ’74 and Sue Myers ‘76. Bob Jamison, wife of Shirley (Melvin) ’51; father of: Rick ‘73, Mary (Mark) Devish ‘74, Brad, Matt ‘78, Bryon ’79, Suzanne (Thom) Brude, Greg ‘83 and Randy (Kandy). Preceded in death by his son, Clayton ‘76. Jim Conway, father of Deb Conway Beukens Montoya ’71. Raymond Haley, husband of Beverly Hicks Haley ‘54; father of Laurie, Sharon and Vincent; preceded in death by daughter, Angela. Rose Hobart, mother of Cathy Kayl ’89 and Matt Hobart. Betty Nearman, mother of: Susan Townley ’66, Patricia Jones ’69 and Pamela Boe ’71, Sally Pratt, Lance Nearman and Mark Nearman. Peg Bennett, wife of Paul; mother of: Thomas Bennett ’15, Mary Bennett ’16, Megan Goldi and Jon Bennett. Wallace Mossefin, father of: John Mossefin, ’69, Berdell Mossefin and Rita Plucker. Dorothy Briggs, mother of: Ronald Briggs Jr ‘77, Richard Briggs ‘78, Randy Briggs ‘80 and Renee Briggs-Buffington ‘82.

David Stene, husband of Deb (O’G kitchen manager); father of: Daniele ‘11, Delanie Stene ‘14 and Dalee ‘15. Delores Schwan, mother of: Heidi Landuyt Johnson ‘89 and Noel Landuyt ‘85 and Kristin Murray; grandmother to: Nicholas, Caroline and Hope Landuyt, and Clayton and Anna Johnson. Farid Kutayli, husband of Salwa; father of three sons, Ziad Nour, Walid Michael ‘93 and Wa’el Anthony Kutayli ‘97. Margaret Fonder, mother of: Richard ‘64, Roger, Ronald ‘69, Julie Majeske ’78. Preceded in death by her children, Robert ‘71 and Joanne ’71. Pat Fines, husband of Margo (Towns ‘62); father of: Lisa Caraway, Angela Tordsen and Traci Eidhammer; grandfather to five; brother of: Jerry Fines ‘54, Duane Fines ‘58, Kathy Longley ‘66 and Carol Jibben ‘68. Bill Hobson, husband of Carolyn (Cummings ’60); father of Nancy Hobson Marx ’84, Russ Hobson ’86 and Liz Hobson Preston ‘90. Memorials are being directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. Hilda Friessen, wife of Warren ‘48; mother of Cynthia Monnin and Patty Vognild; grandmother of: Kirby Monnin ‘07, Katie Monnin ‘09, Allison Vognild ‘13 and Angela Vognild ’16. George Theodore “Ted” Schaefer, husband of Nancy, father of: Kerry Reuer ‘98, Kristina Sanfilippo ‘99, Kimberly Miller ‘00, Matthew Schaefer ‘02, Michael Schaefer ‘04, Katie Barber ‘06. John Dwayne Edrich, husband of Colleen Callahan Edrich ‘83; father of: Robyn, Crystal, Ashley and Danielle; grandfather of nine. John “Butch” Murphy, husband of Kathleen; father of Bridget, Shannon and Molly. His three siblings, Pat Murphy Meyer ‘46, Jeremiah Murphy ‘48, and Sheila Murphy McDonald ’50, all preceded him in death.

Euguene Even, father of Susan Even Zarzana ‘78 and Carol Even Hodgson ’80. Tony Sudbeck, son of Brian Sudbeck ’77, sister of Kristen Sudbeck and Stephanie Lind; grandson of Lois Sudbeck, longtime St. Lambert School teacher. Cliff O’Dea, father of: Steven O’Dea ’73, Sheila Ludens ’71, Suzanne Timm ’75, Shawn Cynkar ’78. Paul (P.V., Pete) Sweeney, brother of Jim ’58, Joe ’67 and Donna Underberg. Jack Smith, husband of JoAnn Erlandson Smith; father of: Steven L Smith ’72, Kelly Smith ’75, Ray Smith ’77, Mary Smith Gustafson ’84 and James Smith. Myron Elrod, father of: Eugene ’86, Jamie ’87, Jason ’90 and Joseph (deceased). Patricia Brekke, wife of Bob; mother of: Jeff ’73, Barb Brekke Morris ’78 and Todd Brekke ’84. Leroy Stumpe, husband of Rose; father of Andy Rippentrop ’97. Eugene Verley, husband of Ruby; father of Edward ’73, Michael (deceased) ’69 and Robert (deceased) ’81; grandfather to three: Michael, Michelle and Patrick ‘08 Verley. Annie Banbury, sister of Barbara Banbury Montville ’60, Mary Banbury ’64 and Patrice Banbury Tunge ’73. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jim Banbury ’62. Timothy Stoltman, husband of Debbie (Kogel) ’71; father of Amanda, Ross and Ryan; grandfather to two. Dick Golda, husband of Agnes Lafontaine Golda ’50; father of four, grandfather of nine, great-grandfather to one. Geneva Hauck, mother of: Denny Hauck ‘74, David Hauck ‘78, Judy Hauck ‘67, Bonnie Hauck ‘69 and Bernie Hauck Lyle ’76.



Class of 1965 turns 70 Celebration!

For the 3rd time in five years, the Class of 1965 gathered to party together. This time the celebration was because they’re all turning 70 years old. They gathered in September and had about 70 in attendance. No group photo was taken, unfortunately, but we’re told they all look exactly like they did in high school. A couple of highlights included Bishop Paul Swain stopping by to offer his congratulations and Kate Sehrer Hoesing offering the Happy Birthday toast as class president. Classmates want to thank Mike Gillespie for all of his work pulling the party together.

Photo by Gene’s Studio

Class of 1967 - 50 Year Reunion

The Class of 1967 had a fantastic time celebrating at their gathering in September. In fact, they had so much fun that they got kicked out of the Convention Center because it got so late. Those enjoying all the fun included: Back Row (Left to Right): Gary Wilson, Steve Baker, Ron Burke, Dennis Bresee, Bob Fillaus, Bill McGee, Steve Doohen, Larry Gadbois, Dan Denno, John Everist, Tom Quinn, Jim Barnett, Roque Wardell, Ted Thoms. Middle Row: Suzanne Marquardt, Jane Connolly, Nancy Lee, Judy Hauck, Shannon Grogan, Kathie O’Connel, Mary Ellen Hough, May Ann Lehnertz, Patty Boever, Cheryl Bong, Cindy Klein, Joyce Schmidt, Charlene Burke, Ann Cynkar, Patti Tvedt, Patti Beck, Carol Ness, Patty Tunender, Sue Valkenaar, Kathy Jerentowski, Mary Sue Vickers, Anne Madsen. Seated: Paulette Burkey, Michelle Derr, Holly Nickel, Peggy McGreevy, Julie Lien, Nancy Paulson, Francy Hauck, Patricia Parezo, Jane Davis, Mary Burns, Mary Klein, Kathie Brandriet, Pat Gillespie, Mary Cloutier, Lois Anderson. Floor: Mary Bruhn, Tom Ellenbecker, Sally Parliaman, Dan Donohue, Sue Warne, Joan Miller, and John Glenn.

Class of 1977 – 40 Years

The Class of 1977 gathered in July at the Izaak Walton League. We had a great time! Those who were there included: First Row: (Left to Right) Ron Smart, RoseAnn Tunender McCoy, Cynthia Haight Nelson, Laura Brown Fiorello, Patty Dargen Petersen, Kathy Miller Phillips, MaryAnn Bellach Schroeder, Kathy Barnett Dahlenburg, Dona Schallenkamp. Second Row: Ray Brooks, John Meyer, Theresia Zimmer Herding, Gail Wheeler King, Mary Seiler Svoboda, Mary Bruggeman Leedom, Jane Dougherty Machado, Mike Eisenbraun. Third Row: Tony Fleming, Laurie Weisensee, Mark Momsen, Julie Forrette Schulte, Carol Collison Yeoman, Lisa McDowell Denny, Gary Gaspar, Pam Wiche, Tim Dougherty, Barb Edman Schuknecht, Laura Elkjer Eisenbraun, Brad Wagner, Mike Townsend, Barb Bolger Mayer, Tony Reiter. Fourth Row: John Egan, Greg Hendricks, Dave Harris, John Wallner, Paul Rooney, Jane Flanery Brubaker, Ruth Heisel Christopherson, Neil Kelly, Mike Carmon, Steve Hoffmann, Debbie Garner Fleming, Dave Supik, Joe Leedom, Tom Snyder, Tom Fallon, Roch Lamis, Tony Nelson, Tim Donohue. Attending but not pictured: Sam Boone, Fran Barnett, and Roy & Rhonda (Wallenberg) Parmley.

The OGHS Class of 1997 had a great turn out for our 20 year reunion on September 16th! We started the day with a tour of the high school led by Alumni Director Carol Nesbitt, and a Mass in the Chapel officiated by Father Terry Weber. The event continued into the evening and night at McNally’s Irish Pub with many memories & laughs shared by all! Thank you to all who attended. Sounds like a 25 year is already in the works! Stay Tuned!!!! Those attending include: First Row (Left to Right): Desiree (Howe) Hortness, Erin (McCoy) Arends, Erin (Bruse) Mitzel, Ellie (Hajek) Smith, Patrick McGinnis, Kari (Reimer) Wanke, Missy (Butler) Wagner. Second Row: Matt Fonder, Sara (Christianson) Schoenfelder, Ann Sechser, Erin (Lofswold) Eleria, Anne (Schafer) Ruud, Angie (Bortnem) Lynch, Jill (Sitzman) Reiter, Andy Goetzinger, Joe Jordahl. Third Row: Andy Rippentrop, Charlie O’Hara, Ashley Ennis, Allison Bench, Elizabeth (Basche) Alick, Virginia Breit Nepp, Anne Thimsen, Erin Loos. Fourth Row: Todd Sturm, Ross Winkels, Blaine Fanning, Gary Olson, Sara (Halverson) Hanson, Ellen (Ulrich) Egan, Vince Jones, Maria (Ellenbeck) VanOeveren, Megan Hurley, John Haber, Serena Gutnik, Lisa (Tarbox) Baye, Jordan Baye. Fifth Row: Sydney (Awe) Rick, Melinda (Kock) Bialke, Jennifer (Hill) Schumacher, Jackie (Rola) Schuler, Jennifer (Konic) Martin, Angie (Rysdon) Gustaf. Not pictured: Dan Kolbeck, Matt Tunender, Melissa McGuire, Mike Sweeter, Andy Ellerbroek, Tonya Graham

Class of 2007 – 10 Years

The Class of 2007 gathered in August for our 10 year reunion. We met Friday at McNally’s. Saturday included a picnic at Sherman Park. Those attending included: Back Row (Left to Right) Noah Backens, Joe Solomon, Mike Klein, Ryan Wersal, Andrew Hershman, Jordan Gerdes, Kirby Monnin. 3rd row: Meghan (McAdaragh) Solomon, Rachel (Hoogendoorn) Kramer, Kayla Swink, Suzanne (Frankman) Pastrano, Christopher Faundeen, Rebecca Wright, Brigid Berger, Tyler Kinsella, Brandon Boe, Chris Leasman. Second Row: Jenna (Stellingwerf) Jepsen, Anne Josten, Sarah Phillipe, Lance Marquardt, Missy Arnold, Nate Nash. Front Row: Erin Lauer, Andrea Cota, Alyssa (Hansen) Lutz, Amanda (Soehl) Christensen, Kelly (Madigan) Illikman.

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