2020 Winter Re-U-Knight-er

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A publication for the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools community & alumni. Volume XL • Issue 2 • WINTER 2020



Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a very blessed and happy Christmas and New Years filled with family, friends and comradery!

Our mission...

Can you believe we are halfway through the school year already? So much has been happening in our schools over the past few months. From Advent donation drives and service projects to some outstanding athletic performances, there is so much to catch you all up on!

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

President: Kyle Groos Alumni & Communications Specialist: Malorie Adamson ‘07 605.575.3360 Director of Development: Susanne Halverson Gale ‘94 605.575.3342 Executive Director Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation: Nicole R. Bruning 605.575.3362 Admissions / Recruitment: Jenni Struck 605.575.3358

The fall sports programs brought an excellent display of athleticism from the Knights. The football, baseball and girls golf teams all ended their seasons with state title wins! The competitive cheerleading squad and the volleyball team both came out with runner-up finishes at the state competitions as well. Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Go Give OG Day on May 1st! We will once again raise funds for tuition assistance with the goal of raising $50K in one day! All funds raised will go to help families with tuition assistance at all eight of the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools. This summer we will be hosting a regional reunion in Denver, CO. Our very own Carol (Barnett) Nesbitt ‘80 will be helping us plan and organize this event. Be sure to keep an eye out for more details on the event coming soon! If you have news to share in the Re-U-Knight-er, address updates or publication delivery preferences to change, you can email me at madamson@ogknights.org. Another thing to keep in mind is our Hall of Fame nominations! If you know a deserving candidate, please be sure to submit their nomination before the deadline, April 15, 2020. Submissions can now be submitted digitally at www.ogknights.org/alumni/hall-of-fame or you can fill out the nomination form included in this issue along with supporting documentation. Email nominations directly to me or mail them to the Central Office with Attn: Hall of Fame. God Bless, Malorie Adamson ‘07 Alumni & Communications Specialist




Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools 3100 W 41st St Sioux Falls, SD 57105



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Photo: Argus Leader

Photo: Kevin Murphy


STATE TITLE! Cover: Team photo provided by Argus Leader

The Knights football program has a long history of success. This season was no exception. After a 14 year state football title drought, the O’Gorman Knights won their first-ever 11AAA state football title and their first state football title since 2005. It was the first state title championship for coach Jayson Poppinga with the O’Gorman Knights but was the 9th state football title won in the school’s history. Poppinga started coaching for O’Gorman in 2016, taking over for long-time coach Steve Kueter. Alongside Coach Poppinga was a team of outstanding assistant coaches that helped in shaping this state championship team. Shannon Poppinga, Vinnie Olsen, Alex Anderson, Austin Wagner, Greg McKinstry, Layne Hohn, Alexander Gray and Barry Nagel all assisted Coach Poppinga in leading the Knights to victory. The Knights finished the 2019 season with an impressive 10-2 record and a championship win.

Coach Jayson Poppinga Photo: USA Today

The Knights were off to a rough start early in the season with multiple injuries to starting players. With a tough loss at Dakota Bowl XLI to No. 2 seeded Brandon Valley, the Knights were in for a battle to the state title. They would get their chance at redemption when they met Brandon Valley again for the state championship game. After two losses in the first four games of the season, the Knights fought back hard to string together eight consecutive wins. These wins included a playoff game against Harrisburg, No. 1 ranked Roosevelt and, of course, the 21-16 state championship victory over the defending state champions, Brandon Valley.


Photo: Argus Leader

The championship game was certainly a nail-biter with six lead changes within the first three quarters. The first half was slow going with only one touchdown on the board for the Knights at halftime. O’Gorman trailed the Lynx 10-7 going into the second half. The Knights turned up the heat in the 3rd quarter, scoring two more touchdowns. The defense held strong only allowing another six points for Brandon Valley and a final 4th down to secure the win within the final minutes of the game. It was a very exciting game for all. The Knights fans cheered with joy as the final seconds counted down to an O’Gorman victory. The Knights averaged 32.5 points per game with a total of 390 points in total for the season. They netted 2,185 rushing yards for the season with an average of 5.2 yards per rush. Passing yardage totaled 2,365 for the season with an average of 197.1 yards per game passing and a total of 18 touchdowns passing for the season. In the state quarterfinal game against Harrisburg, a 97 yard pass from senior quarterback, Zach Norton, to junior running back, Conor Pavelko, sealed the win for the Knights and was the longest play from scrimmage in O’Gorman history! The Knights’ remarkable defensive performance also held Brandon Valley to their lowest offensive total for the season with under 100 yards rushing. The 2019 team was comprised of 64 total varsity players, 25 of which were seniors. That’s the most seniors Poppinga has had on the team since he has been with the Knights! Senior players included Ronnie Bargmann, Lucas Berthelsen, Jacob Byrd, Jordan Dahl, Jacob Doeden, KG Gebreziabher, Kaden Hackman, Gunnar Jones, Logan Jones, Alex Kowalczyk, Drew Krouse, John Kunkel, Joe Larson, Joe Mattecheck, Cade Mikuska, Zach Norton, Daniel Ratzloff, Tip Reiman, Grant Smith, Liam Sorensen, Will Washenberger, Patrick Wilde, Tate Wishard, Jonah Wuebben and Jacob Wuestewald.


“...I love my teammates. I could not ask for better friends and brothers. Relationships like this helped carry us to that state title.”

Photo: Argus Leader

- Tip Reiman Team unity definitely was a key factor in driving this team to the state championship. Senior wide receiver and defensive back, Logan Jones, said “I feel like the biggest help to our victories this year was our true center around being a team. We didn’t need to rely on any one player. We always had different guys to make plays and get the momentum on our side, which ultimately won us the state title.” Senior wide receiver and defensive end, Tip Reiman, agrees saying, “I believe one of the biggest contributing factors for us winning this title was our camaraderie that we, as a whole, had. As everyone knows, we started out rough against Brandon Valley in the championship game, but because of our relationships we created with each and every guy on the team, we were able to stay up and able to take it to them in the next parts of that game. We built up such meaningful relationships with one another through the sum of every single workout, practice, lifting session, film session, social time and even at school. We are completely able to rely on one another and I feel those bonds were very evident when Brandon put us to the test on November 15th. I love my teammates. I could not ask for better friends and brothers. Relationships like this helped carry us to that state title.” Although there wasn’t any one player that was the key to their success, there were plenty with notable statistics for the season. Senior running back and linebacker, Tate Wishard, led the Knights with an impressive 25 touchdowns for a total of 150 points for the season. Senior defensive back, Kaden Hackman, had 4 interceptions throughout the season. Senior quarterback, Zach Norton, accounted for 755 total receiving yards for the season and senior wide receiver and defensive end, Tip Reiman, averaged 14.4 yards receiving.

GAME DATE 08/30/19 09/07/19 09/14/19 09/20/19 09/27/19 10/04/19 10/11/19 10/18/19 10/24/19 10/31/19 11/08/19 11/15/19

OPPONENT Rapid City Stevens Brandon Valley Roosevelt Lincoln Rapid City Central Washington Watertown Aberdeen Central Harrisburg Harrisburg Roosevelt Brandon Valley

SCORE 56-20 16-40 27-20 23-48 56-28 38-20 39-13 29-14 37-15 24-20 24-21 21-16


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Congratulations Knights on an excellent season that was very entertaining to watch! We are so proud of you all and your tremendous accomplishment as a team!


Go Give OG Day is a daylong giving challenge. We challenge all of YOU to help us reach our goal of $50K in one day! All funds raised that day will go to support tuition assistance for students at all eight Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools. Did you know one in four students at Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools receives tuition assistance? That means over $1.4 million is allocated to financial aid. This financial aid is awarded through grants and scholarships. Without these options, many of our families would not see Catholic education as an option for their children.

On Friday, May 1st —beginning at 8am (CDT)— we will be raising money for 24 hours for our tuition assistance fund. Keep an eye out for the social media campaign that day which will include class challenges and matching gift ‘POWER HOURS’ to help us reach our goal. Last year, we surpassed our goal and raised a total of $55,473! Let’s help even more students at Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools and raise even MORE money this year! Mark your calendars and get ready for an epic day of giving! When we all come together as a community, we can truly make wonderful things happen. Every dollar makes a difference and helps us make a difference in the life of a student.


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Alumni Hall of Fame The purpose of the O’Gorman-Cathedral Hall of Fame is to recognize our outstanding alumni or former staff who:

• Distinguished themselves through excellence in their profession or • Distinguished themselves through exceptional service, volunteerism or contribution to the community and/or church, or • Distinguished themselves through excellence in athletics • Upholds the values of our Catholic faith

An awards committee will determine the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees. Recipients will be honored at O’Gorman’s Homecoming Mass, football game and at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 2, 2020. Please note that once someone has been nominated, they will remain in our files for consideration each year. You do not need to re-nominate unless new information becomes available.

Nomination Form Nominee’s Name: Nomination is for:

Class Year:

Distinguished Alumni Excellence in Athletics

Nominee’s accomplishments (why they deserve the award):

(provide supporting documents)

Nominator’s name: Daytime phone:


Please remember that you MUST provide supporting documentation that our committees can use to determine winners of these awards. It is difficult to research the many names that are submitted, so we rely on your research to aid in this process. If names are submitted without additional information, it is unlikely that your nominee will be given true consideration for an award. Thank you!

* Nominations must be received by April 15, 2020 in order to be considered for the 2020 Hall of Fame induction. Mail to: Alumni Office, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 or go to: www.ogknights.org/alumni/hall-of-fame

Catholic Schools Week 2020 Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in America. It’s a time that we reflect on the opportunities our schools provide to share in our faith with one another. Going to a Catholic school allows students and staff to practice their faith and celebrate it together. We help one another grow in our relationship with God through daily prayer, Mass, the celebration of Sacraments, community service and so much more. The National Catholic Schools Week theme is “Catholic Schools, Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This theme perfectly depicts what Catholic schools all over the country strive for. To learn not only the regular academic curriculum but to also learn more about our faith and to grow in it. To serve one another, just as Jesus did and calls us to do. To lead by example in doing what is right. To succeed not only academically but in all areas of life. This theme is also depicted in this year’s Catholic Schools Week t-shirts, sponsored by Avera. Special thanks to Avera for their generosity and continued support of our Catholic Schools Week celebration! This year was also the last all-school Catholic Schools Week Mass that we celebrated with Bishop Paul J. Swain. Bishop Swain is now retired, and we welcome Bishop Donald DeGrood as he was ordained and installed on February 13, 2020 as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. I had the opportunity to sit down with Bishop Swain before Catholic Schools Week to talk to him about the importance of this national celebration, as well as his service to the Diocese of Sioux Fallss and his plans for retirement.


Bishop Swain highlighted what makes Catholic Schools Week special, stating, “It’s important to raise up the beauty of Catholic schools into broader context. It’s also an opportunity to say thank you to all those that make Catholic schools possible. The staff, teachers, families, benefactors and administrators. It takes a lot of people to make it all work. I’m very appreciative of all those who make our Catholic schools possible.” He also spoke about the importance of receiving a faith-based education as a Catholic, saying, “Being able to openly share the faith and to pray and doing it in all the areas of academics and extracurricular activities. Faith permeates everything and that’s a real gift.” He also shared some good advice for newly ordained Bishop DeGrood, “I would encourage him to get to know the schools and the folks who make it possible. Spend time with all those who make it possible. Be with the kids. One of the things I’ve enjoyed over the years is to go to the Catholic schools and they (the kids) ask questions. It’s a lot of fun. So I encourage him to be present. Particularly for the kids. I wish I could have done it more. I really enjoyed it.” Bishop Swain also talked about the most rewarding parts of his service to the Diocese of Sioux Falls over the last 13 years saying, “I just think it’s being part of the family of faith here in the Diocese; being with people, with the faithful, getting to know them and walking with them; journeying with them in a spiritual way. It’s really seeing their faith and people growing in their faith, at all ages.” When it came to his retirement, Bishop Swain said, “We’ll see where God leads me.” He plans to do some ministry at the VA Hospital as well as at the Bishop Dudley House here in Sioux Falls. We are very thankful for the time we have had with Bishop Swain. We are grateful for his guidance, leadership and service over the years, and we look forward to the years to come with Bishop DeGrood as he takes his journey with the Diocese of Sioux Falls as a newly ordained Bishop.


The 10x12 Alumni Giving Program is an easy, affordable way to pass on the gift of a Catholic education. For just $10/month, you can help a family send their child to our schools. With a growing number of requests every year, we are striving to provide a better opportunity for more students.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards tuition assistance for students at all eight of the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools. Fifty percent goes into a fund to help current students and the other 50% goes into an endowment for future students. Help a student receive the Catholic education you also received and consider a gift to our 10x12 Alumni Giving Program today! No student receives full tuition assistance but even a little help makes a world of difference to many families.

Passing on the gift... of faith in education To donate go to ogknights.org/giving/ways-to-give and click on the 10x12 Alumni Giving Program drop down or scan the QR code to the left with your phone’s camera!


A BIG THANK YOU to all who contributed! A total amount of

$79,955.37 was raised for

#TUESDAYFORTEACHERS Our #TuesdayForTeachers totals are in! We can’t thank everyone enough for their incredible generosity. This year, we raised a total of $79,955.37 which was a $32,376.37 increase from 2018! We had a total of 14 EXTREMELY generous foundation members that were matching donors. These individuals matched all donations during our POWER HOURS on Giving Tuesday, December 3! We also had a total of five partner restaurants that helped us raise funds by donating proceeds from sales towards the cause on Tuesdays leading up to Giving Tuesday. The partner restaurants include Rudy Navarrete’s Tex-Mexican, Wingstop, Subway (W 41st St), Fazoli’s and Zoup!

“I am grateful to be involved with the teacher Tuesday give back because I have personally had teachers that really helped me become the person I am. I know how much work teachers put in to helping our kids become good people for all of our futures.” - Rudy Navarrete, owner of Rudy Navarrete’s Tex-Mexican “It was a priority for our family to donate to the Tuesdays for Teachers effort because even after all these years, Kristi and I are extremely appreciative of the outstanding education we received at O’Gorman. We know this strong foundation from early in life helped us succeed in college, medical school, residency, and beyond. To us, the donation signifies not only a way of saying thank you to the institution and teachers but also helps ensure future generations will benefit from the same great education we know we were fortunate to experience.” -Evan Hermanson ‘93 “Thank you to everyone who donated to our Tuesday for Teachers effort and supported our partner restaurants! These gifts will help us continue to grow key endowments that sustain our teacher and staff salaries, so we can recruit and retain the best and brightest teachers to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools. Your generosity means the world to our hard-working educators!” - Nicole Bruning, Executive Director of the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation

Thank you again for all you do for Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools! 11

KNIGHT NOTES OGJH Robotics Team The OGJH robotics team has been successful again this year. They won Judge’s Choice Award at the Regional Competition at Memorial Middle School on December 14th. They also received their golden ticket to advance to the state competition where they were nominated to present their project idea at the Global Innovation event in June!

OGJH Drama Club OGJH has come a long way with extracurricular opportunities for students in the past couple of years. One that just started this year is the Drama Club. In its first year, it already has 33 members! The club does lots of acting and improvisation exercises and enjoys guest speakers. They also get to meet student actors, directors and technicians at the high school and volunteer to help usher at the high school shows.

Elementary Nights

All six of our elementary schools had an elementary night at a varsity basketball game. Elementary students and their families received free admission to the games and participated in fun activities like a halftime hoop shoot! • Christ the King & St. Lambert - Jan 24th • St. Mary - Jan 25th • Holy Spirit - Feb 4th • St. Michael & St. Katharine Drexel - Feb 8th


Holy Spirit Birthday Party for Jesus Holy Spirit Elementary students celebrated Jesus’ birthday by throwing Him a birthday party on their last day of school before Christmas break! The party included a Nativity play put on by students, songs, a Christmas story reading and, of course, birthday cake!

St. Nicholas Feast Day Celebration • St. Lambert Elementary students enjoyed a visit from St. Nicholas on his feast day! He came to teach the students all about himself and why we celebrate him on his feast day. • Christ the King Elementary students learned about St. Nicholas with a visit from Father Samson, Deacon Boorman and their furry and festive assistant, Grizzly! • Holy Spirit Elementary students also received a special visit from St. Nicholas! He came by to share some treats with the students for his feast day.

St. Mary Junior Achievement Certificate Awards Mrs. Grogan’s 2nd grade class at St. Mary Elementary received a special visit from Mayor Paul TenHaken who awarded them, along with their Junior Achievement instructor, Ryan Sage, their completion certificates.



The competitive cheerleading team had an impressive season this year and took 2nd place at the 2019 South Dakota High School Cheer and Dance Championships in Aberdeen on October 26.


The fall sports program had a very good run this year with three state championships! The football and baseball teams took first place and the girls golf team took first place at state for the third year in a row! Way to go Knights!




The Oral Interp team has been finding success, placing 2nd at the Dowling Catholic Paradigm tournament and 1st at the Millard North Invitational!

Students gathered at OGHS to enjoy good food, good company and some late night studying on December 17th to prepare for finals.



Future Business Leaders of America started a new chapter at OGHS this school year. FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The program focuses on leadership development, academics and education and community service.

The Lady Knights took 2nd place at this year’s state tournament in Rapid City. The girls had a tremendous season and were so much fun to watch! Congratulations on a great season ladies!


Sophomore, Alea Hardie, took first place at the Cross Country State Tournament this year, and the girls cross country team finished 4th overall. Alea was also selected as a National All-American Cross Country runner! Way to go Alea!


Advent Giving & Service Projects Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools’ Advent Donation Drives

As Catholics, it is our calling to serve others as Jesus did. Advent is the perfect time of year to give back to our communities and those in need. This Advent season, each of the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools had donation drives and service projects that helped various organizations in our community leading up to Christmas!

Holy Spirit Elementary PJ’s for Children’s Home Society & Children’s Inn

For every pair of pajamas that students donated, Scholastic Book Club also donated a book. Students donated a total of 484 pairs of pajamas! Students that brought a donation wore PJ’s to school that day as well.

St. Michael Elementary Macy’s Letters to Santa & Guatemala Mission

Student’s wrote letters to Santa Claus to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Macy’s donates $1 to Make-A-Wish for every letter sent to Santa through their Macy’s Believe campaign. They also raised money for a mission in Guatemala, raising over $800!

St. Katharine Drexel Elementary Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Students collected 200+ pounds of cat/dog food, 25 bags/boxes of treats, 75 toys, 16 leashes and 46 homemade fleece tie blankets for our furry friends at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. They also wrote letters to Santa for the Macy’s Believe campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


St. Lambert Elementary Teddy Bear Den

Students raised $379.08 for the Teddy Bear Den! The Teddy Bear Den is an organization that assists economically disadvantaged expecting mothers in the Sioux Falls community.

St. Mary Elementary Benedictine Sisters and Service Project

Students donated items for the Benedictine Sisters and some classes volunteered at Touchmark at All Saints retirement home. They spent time with the residents while enjoying their company, playing games and just having fun!

Christ the King Elementary Make-A-Wish

Christ the King Elementary sold coupons for Dress Down Days to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Together, students raised a total of $245!

O’Gorman Junior High Advent Baby Shower and Student Hunger Drive

Along with the various baby items and canned food, OGJH students raised over $5,000 for Feeding South Dakota!

O’Gorman High School Bishop Dudley House Advent Donation Drive

Students donated a total of 42 large boxes, 200 adult stockings and 40 gift bags for kids. The items donated were given to the Bishop Dudley House residents on Christmas morning.


’39 Florence Persing celebrated her 99 birthday on January 24, 2020! Her address is: Good Samaritan Society–Sioux Falls Center, 401 W 2nd St #244, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 th

’64 David Mavity, Mike Clark, Bob Selig and Bill McGinnis went on the Honor Flight. They are pictured here at the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC pointing to Kirby Dougherty’s ‘65 name on the wall. ’70 Ed Cannon was presented with the 2019 Advocate Award from the American Music Therapy Association. ’72 Mary (McKillip) West is now retired. Her email is: mmwdjw@gmail.com. ’80 Carol (Barnett) Nesbitt writes, “The summer of 2019 brought huge changes. My husband and I moved to Colorado for a crazy, new adventure! Not sure what I was going to do after having the best job in the world as the Alumni Director for O’GormanCathedral and the Community Relations Director for the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, I had to trust in God’s plan for my life with this change. I happily report that God has truly blessed me again—as I recently started working as the new Director of


Schools Marketing and Communications for the Archdiocese of Denver in the Catholic Schools Office. I am so grateful to once again be promoting Catholic education and working in a wonderful faith environment! I hope to help coordinate a Colorado Alumni Reunion next summer so I can meet with more fellow O’G or Cathedral grads in the area.” Carol’s email is: carolnesbitt@hotmail.com. ’80 Kathy Johansen Peterson recently accepted the position as Director of Development at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Newman Center. Kathy’s email is kaje62@gmail.com.

’03 Amanda (Ladwig) Harris was named 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. She credits this honor to the incredible educators in her life. She will spend the next year traveling the United States advocating for teachers and learners. ’05 Britta (Kolb) Coughlin and husband Alex Coughlin welcomed their second child, Forde Hendricks Coughlin, into the world on August 4, 2019. “Older brother, Shephard John, is smitten,” writes Britta.

’05 Miranda (Phelps) Nolte and ’83 Paul Dhaemers and his wife, Marlena, her husband, Jason, welcomed a daughter, Lucy Margaret-Anne joyfully expanded their family Dhaemers, through the gift of adoption by two. Twins in the fall of 2018. He and his wife live Wesley James and in a fly-only area of bush Alaska, where Evangeline Mae Paul teaches first grade for the Lower came into the world on July 12, 2019. Kuskokwim School District and Marlena Sadly, Jason passed away unexpectedly in is a part-time librarian with a sewing side December. Please keep their family in your business called Sandpiper Stitching. prayers. ’96 Grant Thimsen was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel ’06 Dusty Coleman and wife, Sarah, welcomed son, Mason Randall Coleman, in the US Army. Grant is married to Katie into the world on December 19, 2019. (Clifft) ’97. He is currently stationed in California and he and his wife have 2 ’07 Jessica (Nelson) Foster and her children. husband Greg welcomed a new ’01 Tina (Butterfield) Rose and her husband, Jay, had a baby boy, Hank Bradley baby girl into the world. Addison Blake Rose, on September 20, 2019. Tina writes, Foster was born “Older brothers Gus and Howie think he’s October 12, 2019. pretty fantastic.”

’08 Alison Herdina married Michael Anderson on November 9, 2019. ’08 Carrie (Claussen) Menke and her husband, Tony, welcomed daughter, Rose Marie, into the world on December 8, 2019. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. ’08 Alexis (Hortness) Millar and husband, Joseph, welcomed baby girl, Norah Marie Millar, into the world on December 24, 2019. ’09 Jordon Boe married Mary Lenards on November 2, 2019. Mary is a first grade teacher at Christ the King Elementary. ’09 Adam Wilka and wife, Christine, welcomed their son, Abraham Daniel Wilka, into the world on December 20, 2019.

’11 Alex Hey received the Professional Certified ADHD Coach credential from the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches. Furthermore, his book, Catholicism and ADHD: Finding Holiness Despite Distractions, is now available on Amazon. ’12 Connor Schaefbauer married Kelsey on May 18, 2019 in St. Paul, MN. Kelsey is in PT school at Creighton in Omaha and Connor is working for Wells Fargo as a Project Manager. ’13 Austin Merrill married Alicia Kuipers on October 26, 2019.

’10 Elizabeth Bunkers has recently relocated to Colorado Springs and is working at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in Alumni Relations. Elizabeth’s email is: liz.bunkers@gmail.com.

’15 Ellen Keena started working for the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota as their new Marketing and Communications Specialist. ’15 Jacob Fleck married Heidi Weber on September 14, 2019.

A number of O’Gorman alumni participated in the 2019 Christmas at the Cathedral program. They are pictured here after one of their performances. Back row: Greg Schmitz ‘73, Kristina Johnson ‘09, MacKenzie HolmMoffit ‘11, Paul Moneke ‘06, Caelan Markstrom ‘15, John Walker ‘18. Front Row: Luke Humke ‘19, Jacqueline (Pierce) Humke ‘80, Susan (Donley) Doetzel ‘80, Jessica Dvorak ‘04, Sherri (Timmer) Alvey ‘80, Anthony Reiland ‘18. Former principal at Cathedral, John Bradbury, writes, “I completed my career in education as a special education paraprofessional at Roseville Area High School and retired on June 6, 2019.” He and his wife now enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren and volunteering. John worked for Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (then SFCS) from 1993 to 2013. His email is: jjcbradbury@yahoo.com.


Laurel Ridge Barn • 47677 Slip Up Creek Road • Sioux Falls

Tickets are $100 per person To purchase tickets or bid on the silent auction, go online:

www.knights2020.givesmart.com A benefit for all eight Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools


Golf Classic Honors

Monsignor Andraschko The 2020 O’Gorman Golf Classic is the 29th annual tournament! It will be held at Willow Run Golf Course on Friday, May 8, 2020. This event is hosted by the O’Gorman High School Athletic Boosters to benefit O’Gorman’s athletic programs. This year, we will be holding a very special honor for Monsignor James Andraschko. Monsignor Andraschko has participated in every single O’Gorman Golf Classic since the fundraiser’s inception in 1991. His dedication to the event is unwavering and he has been an incredible supporter over the years. He credits his years of dedication to the wonderful people he gets to see at the event every year as well as his incredible teammates. Rod Fieldson has been golfing with Monsignor in the tournament every year and shares Monsignor’s dedication and enthusiasm for the event as well as a strong support of Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools. Monsignor Andraschko spent a total of 43 years serving the schools throughout his ministry. He started at St. Mary Parish where he presided for 12 years and then was the founding Pastor at Holy Spirit Parish where he presided for 17 years and finally he spent 14 years at O’Gorman High School as a Latin teacher. This year, we are honoring him and his dedication to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools at the O’Gorman Golf Classic by naming an award after him! The Monsignor Andraschko award will go to the top flight from the afternoon tournament every year, beginning with the 29th annual tournament. We are so appreciative of Monsignor Andraschko’s continued support and his enthusiasm for this fundraising event! Get your teams together and come out and support O’Gorman Athletics and compete for the first ever Monsignor Andraschko Award! The Monsignor Andraschko Award trophy will proudly be displayed in the trophy case at O’Gorman High School for years to come.


May 8 @ Willow Run Golf Course Join us for this year’s O’Gorman Golf Classic. Visit www.ogknights.org/about/events/golf-classic or contact Kiley at kskuza@ogknights.org for more information.


Upcoming Class of 1960 – 60 Year Reunion – September of 2020

Calling the class of 1960! Your classmates have been discussing plans for a 60th reunion in September. If you can attend, please contact Karen (Erschens) Boyum at boyumka@sio.midco.net or Bob Miller at 605-222-6311. More information to come later, if we receive enough replies.

Class of 1968 – 70th Birthday Celebration – September 18-20, 2020

The class of 1968 is planning a 70th birthday celebration on the weekend of September 18-20, 2020, in Deadwood, SD. A block of rooms has been reserved at The Lodge At Deadwood for those wishing to stay there. The reservations are listed under “O’Gorman Class of 1968” and you can reach the Lodge at 605-584-4800. The Deadwood Jam is also being held that weekend, so it should be a fun time and great place to celebrate us turning 70! For more information, please contact Carolyn Frankman at frankman505@sio.midco.net. We hope to see you there! SAVE THE DATE! More info to come.

Class of 1970 – 50 Year Reunion – July 10-11, 2020

Plans for our 50th reunion are rapidly coming together! It’s looking good, but the planning committee only has complete contact information for 44 classmates out of 165. If you provide us with your email, we will send you an agenda of events and the registration form. (Your email address will be kept confidential) Why attend? According to Psychology Today, the 50th reunion is highly valuable to our well-being. 50th reunions are a time for renewing old friendships and reliving our good times. The class of 1969 had tremendous participation last year. Can we do better? For updates, please contact our class president, Jim Hargens, at Ogormanhs70@gmail.com.

Class of 1980 – 40 Year Reunion – September 11-13, 2020

Save the date! The class of 1980 will be having their 40-year reunion on September 11-13, 2020. Details are yet to be determined but more information is to come! Email Tom Jansa at tjjansa@gmail.com with any questions.

Class of 1990 – 30 Year Reunion – September 11-13, 2020

The class of 1990 will be celebrating their 30-year reunion on September 11-13, 2020. Events will include a social gathering on that Friday night with a location yet to be determined and on Saturday tailgating at Dakota Bowl! If you are interested in helping plan the reunion please contact Michelle Curley Shields at mshields@ogknights.org.

Class of 2000 – 20 Year Reunion

Save the date! The class of 2000 will be having their 20 year reunion on August 1, 2020. More details to come!

Class of 2010 – 10 Year Reunion – July 17-18, 2020

Events will include a family picnic on Saturday, a Catholic Mass in the OGHS Chapel on Saturday afternoon and a happy-hour social event at Remedy Brewing Co on Saturday evening. To get on the email list, please contact Liz Bunkers at liz.bunkers@gmail.com or Molly Donohue at mollyd747@gmail.com as all further communications on the reunion will be sent digitally. There is also a class Facebook group (OG Class of 2010). If you are not already a member, please request to join!

Regional Reunion!


ALL CLASSES – DENVER, CO - June of 2020

It’s happening! A Denver reunion is in the works, tentatively scheduled for June with more details to come. If you have family members in the Denver area who are alumni but are still getting mail at a Sioux Falls or a different address (especially more recent college graduates), please contact the Alumni Office to update their record at: madamson@ogknights.org. This will be a great opportunity to network with and get to know your fellow alumni in the Denver area, plus hear about the great things going on at O’Gorman!


* Full obits available at www.ogknights.org/alumni/in-memoriam


S. Margretta Doyle OSB died on December 2, 2019. She was a Pastoral Minister at St. Michael’s Parish and St. Mary’s Parish. Francis “Mike” Fullenkamp passed away on December 12, 2019. He taught choir at O’Gorman High School from 1970-1973.

ALUMNI: ’37 Lucille (Oppold) Kascoutas passed away on January 10, 2020. She is survived by her son, Jim; daughter, Kathryn Centra; daughter-in-law, Judy ’62; 7 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted; sons Tom and Bob; siblings Dorothy Fischenich ‘39, Marcella Weis ‘40, Betty Schaeffer ‘46 and James Oppold. ’42 Margaret (Cogley) Bell died on December 2, 2019. She is survived by her son, John, and preceded in death by her husband, John Bell ’42. ‘45 Rev. Roger Carroll passed away on January 30, 2020. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, C. Martin and Martha Carroll; and siblings Maxine Dhaemers ‘40, Charles “Chuck” ‘43, Rev. Howard ‘43 and Veronica Kappenman ‘49. ’49 Veronica (Carroll) Kappenman passed away on December 7, 2019. She is survived by her sons David, Ralph, Richard, Ronald, Leo and Martin; daughters Charlotte Hughes, Carol Shaver and Dee Schlotterback; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and her siblings Rev. Howard Carroll ‘43, Charles “Chuck” Carroll ’43 and Maxine Dhaemers ‘40.


’54 Gene Abdallah died November 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons Greg ‘78, Don ’80 and Scott ’86; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Anna and George; siblings George Andrews, Norma Andrews, Nina Gray, Don Andrews, Ophelia Koury, Sadie Chase, Mary and Sophie Griller. ’54 Helen Jeloise (Berlin) Dereu died January 28, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Gary; children Gary Robert, Michele Buum, Theresa Tomshack and Michael; 13 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren. ’60 Bonnie (Heisinger) Benson passed away on January 12, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Edward; son, Todd Benson; granddaughters Talia and Hali; and 2 greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Billie and Joe Heisinger; brothers Don, Dick and Denny; and her sister, Dee Wittrock. ’61 Monica (Donnelly) Rutten died on November 10, 2019. She is survived by her sons Richard “Rick” ’84, Tom ‘90, Rev. Paul ‘92, Joseph ‘96, Rev. John ‘96; daughters Kristee Flynn ‘85, Laura Woods ‘86, Shelly Merrick ’87 and Kathryn Kendall ’98; 26 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; nephew, Paul ’77; sister, Anna Faust Donnelly; and sister-in-law, Mary Krejci. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; and her siblings Mary ‘43, Pat, John ‘46, Margaret, Catherine ‘48, Joe ‘50, Jim, Peter, Paul, Tom ‘59, Jerry and Bob; and nephew, Jeff ’75.

’61 Craig Warne passed away on December 10, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; siblings Valerie ‘64, Susan Hegg ‘67, Pamela Vraspir ‘70 and Wendy ‘73; children Christine ‘83, Bret ’84 and Charles; 10 grandchildren; and 2 greatgrandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother, Patrick ‘57. ’63 Dwight “Dave” Summy Jr. passed away on December 29, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children Jennifer Dolson, Joanne Berry and Katie Monley; siblings Dana Mefford ‘65, Terry Reddin ‘67, Chris Gullick and Tony; and 13 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dwight and Margaret (Summy) Morgan; son, Michael; and granddaughter, Anna Dolson. ‘63 Barbara (Wolczynska) Naughton passed away on February 4, 2020. She is survived by her children David ‘86, Chad, Amy Moore, Lisa, Sarah Jones and Christopher; and 7 grandchildren. ’65 Mary (Fonder) Reiser died on December 3, 2019. She is survived by her siblings Lawrence Fonder ‘58, David Fonder, Beverly Christopherson ‘56 and Dorothy Hansen ‘62; her children Christopher, Benjamin, Jessica Jenison and Rachael Kockx; and 8 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Duane, and daughter, Rebekah. ’66 William “Bill” Fisher passed away on December 18, 2019. He is survived by his sons Paul and Jeff; siblings Tim, Stephen, Patricia Beuckens and Mary Neisteadt; and 6 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother, Paul.

’70 Pat Gustaf died on October 28, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Deona “Dee”; siblings Jean ’64, Susan Kenyon ‘66, Richard “Dick” ’68 and JoAnn Leibrecht ’71; sister-in-law, Nancy (Norberg) ’74; children Bryan, Karlee Bathke ‘95, Marne and Erin; and 5 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother, Mike, son, Gregory and daughter, Emily. ’72 Dan Hurley passed away on January 10, 2020. He is survived by his mother, June; siblings Lynn, Teresa ’79 and Cathryn ‘81; 6 nieces and nephews; and 5 greatnieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Pat, and his brother, Mike. ’81 Tony Green passed away on October 29, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; mother, Renata; siblings Toby ‘80 and Tom ‘82; and son, Zach. He is preceded in death by his father, David ‘53. ’85 Dan Moran died in Costa Rica on October 17, 2019. He is survived by his parents, Dennis (retired OGHS assistant principal) and Mary Kay; and siblings Michael ‘86, Patrick ‘89 and Christopher ‘91. ’89 Matt Metli died on January 7, 2020. He is survived by his mother, Vicki Douthit ‘64; daughter, Cassidy; siblings Mindy and Mary ‘93; and 3 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Steve ‘63. ’92 Tricia (Johnson) Thomassen passed away on January 25, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Daniel ’92; son, Taten; daughter, Aspyn; mother, Patricia Johnson; mother-in-law, Barbara Thomassen ‘64; siblings Delbert Johnson Jr. ‘80 and David Johnson ’82. She is preceded in death by her father, Delbert “Roy” Johnson; and father-in-law, Gale Thomassen. ’99 Nick Nordstrom passed away on January 1, 2020. He is survived by his parents, Penny and Donald; siblings Marin Weiss, Leah Roozenboom and Tom.

FAMILY OF ALUMNI: James “Jim” Rogers husband of Marcy; father of Debbie Luther ’78, Steve ’79 and Mark ’82; grandfather of Nick Luther ’96. August “Gus” Rysavy father of Ronald ‘77, Thomas ‘78, Kathy Martinec ‘79, John, Mary Jane and Jim. Edward Gowlovech grandfather of Taiysa ’17 and Tatiana ’19. James “Jim” Petersen father-in-law of Patty (Dargen) ’77 and grandfather of Zach ’06, Melanie ’08 and Erin ’11. Virginia Mancuso mother of Kathleen ‘70, Joanne ‘72, Deb Behrens, Mark ‘79, Tim ‘80 and Joe ‘82.

Robert “Bob” Kogel brother of Richard “Dick” ’54, Jane ’56, Paul ’63, Kathryn Christensen ’66 and Debra “Debbie” Stoltman ’71. Constance “Connie” Roberts mother of Lisa Loving ‘89, Brian ‘92, Kevin ’94 and Katie Hopkins Roberts; and mother-in-law of Phil Loving ‘89. Memorials are being directed to the Hanlon Family Memorial Scholarship fund at Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation, 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105. Delores Staebell mother of Ron ’63, Jean Ollerich, Tom ‘68 and Mark ’75; and mother-in-law of Katie (Weisbecker) ‘68.

Timmothy Bruflat step-son of Julie (Kull) Bruflat ‘81.

Margaret Reardon mother of Anne Hughes, Scott ‘66, Darien CT and Margaret Whitaker ‘70.

Donald “Don” Kiszer father of Terri, Mary Risty, Kimberly Wiese and Todd ’84.

Mary Ellen Novetzke mother of Christian ‘88 and Danielle Greene ‘91.

Patricia “Pat” Seiner mother of Ellie Roza ‘94, John ‘96, Mike ‘99, Anna Geraets ‘01 and Rachael VanDerWerff ‘03.

Mary Ann Mulhair mother of Tim ‘73, Tom ’74 and Anne Sirovy ‘75.

Jason Nolte husband of Miranda (Phelps) ’05. Jeanne Enderson mother of Kathleen Christensen ‘68, Mary Robin ’70, Peggy Hayes ‘72, Kerry Wirkus ‘73, Patrick ‘74, Danny ’76, Matthew ‘79 and Thomas ‘85. Lyle Huls father-in-law of LaVonne (Speilman) ’60.

Dick Ambrosius husband of Karen (Derr) ’76. James Andrew Sotebeer father of Nate ’15.

Harlan Phelps husband of Debbie (Burt) ’77. Steve Brasel husband of Jean (Roberts) Brasel ’70. Tom Egan father of Michael ‘74, Debbie Vining ‘75, Susan ‘76, John ‘77, Mary Grogan ‘78, Sarah ‘81, Ann O’Toole ‘82 and Jane Noble ’87. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation, 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.



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