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Kent Swift '49 and his spouse, Joanne, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception at Faith Evangelical Church in Billings and a reception at the home of friends.  Kent is a retired pastor and Joanne a teacher.  They have three children, nine children and 12 great-grandchildren.

Don Allen '56 and his spouse, Judy '80, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  Judy retired as a classified advertising representative with the Billings Gazette and Don retired as a CPA with Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. of Billings in 2007.  The have two children and five grandchildren.

Lois McVey Lorash '59 and her husband, Curt, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception in Joliet.  Lois is a retired teacher and Curt worked for Montana-Dakota Utilities.  They have seven children, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Marvin Carter '63 and his spouse, Susan, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a celebration at the Laurel Senior Center.  Marvin was an educator with Laurel Schools for 34 years retiring in 1994 and Susan worked in retail and taught community education.  They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

DeWayne Jager '63 was elected mayor of Wolf Point, Mont. in the November 2009 election.

Del Christman '66 and his spouse, Jean, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in Billings and a ride on the Charlie Russell dinner train to Lewistown.  Del is a retired school principal and Jean was office manager for Teamsters Local 190.  They have three children and three grandchildren.

Marie Carlson Haag '78 and her husband, Ken, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise.  Marie worked for School District 2 and Ken worked for the City of Billings before their retirement.  They have three children and five grandchildren.

Garry Krieger '86 and his spouse, Linda, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a party in Billings.  Garry works at ExxonMobil and Linda is retired from the banking industry.  They have two children and two grandchildren.

Lora Pederson '97 earned national board certification as a reading and language arts teacher at Meadowlark and Orchard elementary schools in Billings.  Certification is a rigorous, yearlong process that includes testing, teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.

Daniel Bartsch '98 earned national board certification as a biology teacher at Billings Senior High School.  Certification is a rigorous, yearlong process that includes testing, teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.

Cindy Welch '00 earned national board certification as a middle school teacher at Billings Meadowlark Elementary.  Certification is a rigorous, yearlong process that includes testing, teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.

Mark McCue '02 has been named director of Donor and Alumni Communications for the Department of Communication and Design in the Office of University Relations at Regis University. McCue's responsibilities include providing communications support to fundraisers in the Office of University Relations and the staff of the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. He will also fulfill communications, writing, marketing and promotions needs, as well as us multiple technologies to broaden communications efforts.  He previously served as assistant director of University Services at Regis University. Other positions included admissions counselor/online program representative at Regis University, and resident director and admissions counselor at Montana State University-Billings.

Joseph Breitenbach '03 has joined the law firm of Matovich, Keller & Murphy in Billings after earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law in 2009.  He will concentrate on litigation in the areas of insurance defense, workers compensation and employment law.

Erin Augustine '06 earned national board certification as a special ed teacher at Billings West High School.  Certification is a rigorous, yearlong process that includes testing, teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.

Jennifer Weber '09 is a residential services coordinator at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings.  She is currently working on a master's in psychology and a master's in school counseling at MSU Billings.

Brittany Lane '08 has joined the retail advertising sales department of the Billings Gazette.  She has a degree in communications and experience in advertising sales and marketing.

Marriages

Melissa Nygaard '05 to Chase Fisher, 9/5/2009
Lorene Gauthier '95 to Rodney Hart, 9/5/2009
Jolyn Hatvick '07 to Daniel Hoff, 9/5/2009
Adriane Olson '03 to Dan Lutke, 9/5/2009
Lacy Capra '09 to Daniel Buckley, 9/12/2009
Chrissie Gilbert '08 to Tyler Lambert, 9/12/2009
Amanda Etzel '07 to Laron Toews, 9/12/2009
Erin Culbertson '08 to Ryan Stickel, 9/26/2009
Lee Cahill '03 to Josh Quick, 10/2009
Dolores Brockie '03 to Aaron Martin, 10/3/2009
Julie Heffner '09 to Shane Southworth, 10/3/2009
Sam Windy Boy '06 to Sami Walking Bear ‘07, 10/3/2009
Jennifer Jimison '04 to Joshua Brady, 10/8/2009
Karen Brandt '07 to Joe Kragt '08, 10/17/2009
Laura Lake '90 to J. Ottun, 10/22/2009
Katherine Dickman '06 to Michael Erickson, 10/23/2009
Joyce Schleinger '08 to Luke Stahl, 10/24/2009
Sarah Benson '07 to Marc Dahl, 11/21/2009
Ninette Aplin '06 to Kyle Johnson, 12/2009
Tynie Mader '83 to Cody Shaw, 6/2010

Deceased

William Hickey '73, 9/2/2009
Steve Steffans '77, 9/2/2009
Dorothy Frost Allan '52, 9/3/2009
Severyn Darkenwald '40, 9/4/2009
Ramona Greger Lehenbauer '58, 9/6/2009
John Riedesel '46, 9/10/2009
Betty Engellant '71, 9/11/2009
Edna Anderson Bakke '60, 9/12/2009
Jeanne Ketchum Gilles '41, 9/12/2009
Roger Megerth '81, 9/12/2009
A. Norman Anderson '62, 9/15/2009
Donald Lee '47, 9/16/2009
David Bauwens '03, 9/19/2009
Jane Craig Mast '80, 9/19/2009
Mary Lindeman Keranen '68, 9/24/2009
Rowland Throssell '73, 9/24/2009
Paul Meismer '78, 9/27/2009
Imogene Ater Disel '71, 10/3/2009
James Arnett, 10/5/2009
Kathryn Branger Kern '73, 10/7/2009
Roy Martinsen '70, 10/12/2009
Linda Eaton Schug '71, 10/17/2009
Marcia Geraghty '98, 10/20/2009
Rosemary Guilfoyle Bond '84, 10/29/2009
Flora Landon Clark '38, 11/5/2009
Vernon Boggs '79, 11/6/2009
Craig Storle '85, 11/7/2009
Beverly Knudson Butler '52, 11/8/2009
Eileen Holt Larson '87, 11/11/2009
Doris Skarda Glock '69, 11/17/2009
Florence Steele Kem '31, 11/18/2009
Bert Steppler '72, 11/18/2009
Kenneth Swendseid '73, 11/20/2009
Betty Delay Campbell '76, 11/21/2009
Wesley Neubauer '76, 11/21/2009
Leah Weber Sieler '77, 11/24/2009
Kenneth Mellinger '74, 11/26/2009
Kathleen Steppler Gentry '69, 12/6/2009
Fred Lamoreaux '65, 12/8/2009
Ray Miller '84, 12/10/2009
Bruce Bly '77, 12/17/2009
Frances Arney '67, 12/21/2009
Dannie Soennichsen '73, 12/30/2009
Mary Jo Mathews Sherman '58, 1/4/2010
Paul Beck '77, 1/6/2010
Twila Anderson Morgan '93, 1/7/2010
Hazel Griffith Martenson '72, 1/10/2010
Mary Hagerman Eschler '72, 1/12/2010

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