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Rhys Hanson ’52 dies

| December 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Rhys Hanson passed away Nov. 5, 2021. Rhys is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, 2 grandchildren, sisters-in-law, and other family members. His early teaching career took him to Montana, Minnesota and ultimately, Washington. He worked as a speech therapist in small school districts before becoming an audiologist and operating a small clinic. His many […]

Filed Under: 1952, Class Years

Robin “Bird” (Hall) Haines ’89 dies

| November 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Robin “Bird” (Hall) Haines passed away Nov. 27, 2021. Robin was a teacher for over 20 years dedicated to Special Education. Robin loved spending time with family and friends on the farm, working outdoors, side by side rides with her boys, and spending time at the family resort on Whitefish Lake. She was the light […]

Filed Under: 1989, Class Years

Phil Thune ’61 dies

| November 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Phil Thune passed away Nov. 22, 2021. Phil was self-employed most of his life with tax and accounting businesses in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Mason City, IA. Phil also served as a mediator for several years for the Dispute Resolution Center in Mason City, donated his expertise in auditing to his church, and served […]

Filed Under: 1961, Class Years

Janice (Burtness) Abrams ’53 dies

| November 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Janice (Burtness) Abrams passed away Nov. 17, 2021. Janice spent most of her life raising her six children while working various jobs. She enjoyed china painting, being a part of her birthday club and volunteering through several church groups. Janice is survived by 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and three siblings.

Filed Under: 1953, Class Years

Vicki (Hanselman) Glawe ’83 dies

| November 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vicki (Hanselman) Glawe passed away Nov. 15, 2021. Vicki taught 2nd grade at West Hancock Community Schools. She loved being a teacher. She enjoyed singing, being outdoors, and camping. Vicki loved her family and spending time with them. Vicki is survived by her husband, son, daughter, grandchildren and many other friends and family.

Filed Under: 1983, Class Years

Owen Solomonson ’59 dies

| November 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Owen Solomonson passed away Monday, Nov. 8th, 2021 in Northwood. In 1979 Owen moved to Ames, where he joined the maintenance staff at the Iowa Department of Transportation. He retired from I-DOT in 1999. Owen’s years at Waldorf College left an indelible mark on him. Many of his friends from his Waldorf days became lifelong […]

Filed Under: 1959, Class Years

Dwight Doerring ’68 dies

| November 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dwight Doerring passed away Monday, May 3, 2021. Dwight was raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa. He graduated from Postville High School in 1966, Waldorf College in 1968, where he met his wife, Helen, and also attended Ohio State University. He retired from Columbus Kroger Bakery after 42 years. Dwight will be greatly missed […]

Filed Under: 1968, Class Years

Mark Swenson ’67 dies

| November 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mark Swenson passed away on Wed., Oct. 13, 2021. Mark graduated from West High School (Madison, WI) in 1965 and graduated from Waldorf College in 1967. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69 serving 14 months in the Vietnam War. Mark enjoyed singing at church and was part of a choral group […]

Filed Under: 1967, Class Years

Beverly (Borg) Wilhite ’57 dies

| November 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Beverly (Borg) Wilhite passed away Oct. 24, 2021. She is survived by 3 children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bev started her teaching career at Crystal Lake Community Schools, was a teacher in Forest City Community Schools and later subbed in Corwith, Kanawha, LuVerne and Wesley. She loved her “school kids”. Being a gracious […]

Filed Under: 1957, Class Years

Carolyn (Olson) Ullestad ’56 dies

| November 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Carolyn (Olson) Ullestad passed away on Oct. 21, 2021. Carolyn sang in the Waldorf choir and was a homecoming attendant. After graduation she taught second grade for two years in Belmond. Carolyn worked at Radcliffe Community Schools for years as a teacher associate and later as an administrative assistant. Carolyn eventually worked as an Administrative […]

Filed Under: 1956, Class Years