Archive for 1953

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.

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Evelyn Oftedahl ’53

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Evelyn Oftedahl ’53 is fully retired now since Barnes & Noble closed their downtown bookstore in the beautiful old Chateau Theater building. She resides in Rochester, Minn., and her email address is eoftedahl@gmail.com.

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Leanna (Morley) Hendrickson ’53

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Leanna (Morley) Hendrickson ’53 retired from teaching kindergarten in St. Ansgar and Osage after 38 years. She has four children and seven grandchildren.

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Janet (Severaid) Hermanson ’53

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Janet (Severaid) Hermanson ’53 and her husband Pete winter in Mesa, AZ. They have five children, 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

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Bonnie (Bjelland) Kuns ’53

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bonnie (Bjelland) Kuns ’53 has lived in Forest City for the last 50 years. She taught 3rd and 4th grades at Forest city Elementary School for 37 years—a career that she loved. She has also taught piano for 30 years and continues to do that in her free time. Her son passed away in 2017, […]

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Pastor Arvid Harklau ’53

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pastor Arvid Harklau ’53 says, “Greetings to all of you! I am sorry to be unable to attend homecoming this year, but I am unable to travel that far. I still remember my time at then-Waldorf College. Much has happened since that time. I went first to Luther College, then Luther seminary in St. Paul. […]

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John Gertenrich Jr. ’53

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

John Gertenrich Jr. ’53 died October 8, 2016 in Urbandale. After graduating from Waldorf, John spent two years at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he minored in physics and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. After serving in the US Army and receiving his Master of Arts degree from the University of […]

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Bonnie (Bjelland) Kuns ’53

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bonnie (Bjelland) Kuns ’53 is retired after 37 years as a teacher at Forest City Elementary School and continues to live in Forest City.  She was a piano teacher for 30 years and has 3 children, Rick, Becky and Deb.

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Dolores (Jordan) Sandifer ’53 dies

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dolores (Jordan) Sandifer ’53 of Fertile died May 5, 2016 in Britt.  She was a long-time editor of the Fertile Reminder newspaper, an avid rook card player and enjoyed playing the piano.

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Donna (Berkland) Ismir ’56 update

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Donna (Berkland) Ismir ’56 reports that her son, Troy Ismir, recently had a book published which tells the life story of his dad, Pastor Samih Ismir ’53 (now deceased).  Pastor Ismir was born in Jerusalem and lived there until he traveled to Forest City at the age of 18.  Pastor Sam was a graduate of Waldorf, […]

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