MSU Billings Alumni Relations

Class Notes Summer 2007

Thomas Kelly '32 and his wife, Adeline, recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a reception at West Park Village in Billings.  Tom owned the accounting firm, Kelly Accounting, and Adeline worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers and Tom’s business before they retired in 1980.  They have one son, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


John Riedesel '46 and his wife, Mildred, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner, reception and renewal of vows at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings.  John was co-owner of Gillis Aviation, an estimator for Riedesel-Lowe Construction and Empire Steel, and an insurance agent until retirement in 1993.  Mildred was a registered nurse who also retired in 1993.  They have three children and six grandchildren.


Oran Savage '53 and his wife, Mary, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Gusick's Restaurant in Billings. They have two children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Evelyn Dyrud Morck '54 and her husband, Neil, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special service at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and dinner at Enzo Mediterranean Bistro.  Evelyn was a school teacher and Neil worked for the Bureau of Land Management.  In 1989 he retired as state director of Colorado and they relocated to Billings.  They have two children.


Joy Adamson Rogers '55 and her husband, Gary, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in Billings and a golf trip to the western part of the state.  Joy and Gary both retired from the Billings School District.  They have two children and four grandchildren.


George '58 and Maxine Granvold Schuman '56 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Old Faithful Lodge and dinner at their cabin.  George was a CPA and later the owner of Play It Again Sports.  Maxine was a secretary.  They have two children and four grandchildren.


Ted Clark '59 and Jane Wagner Clark '60 recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at the Granary in Billings.  They were both educators for School District 2 in Billings, retiring in 1995.  They have two children and six grandchildren.


Robert Lane '59 and his wife, Annabelle, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Seattle and a family gathering at Wapato Point in Lake Chelan, Wash.  Bob taught math for 38 years at Lewis & Clark Middle School and Billings West High, retiring in 1997.  Annabelle was a bookkeeper and administrative assistant at Midland Production Credit Association and Farm Credit Service in Billings.  They have three children, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.


Gary '60 and Betty Gore Waite '71 recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings.  They were both teachers and taught in Junction City and Abilene, Kan, then Billings, Mont. before retiring in 1990.  They have three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Earl Hanson '63 was presented this fall with the annual career achievement award of the Montana State Bar Association.  Earl recently retired as vice president and counsel of JTL Group Inc. in Billings.  He was recognized for his contribution to construction law in the state of Montana.


Arthur Bennett '65 retired two years ago after 39 years of teaching blind and vision impaired children, including three years as Principal of the North Dakota School for the Blind from 1981-1984, as well as working with severe and profoundly retarded children. He came to Indiana to be the State Consultant for Blind and VI programs but then worked for Indianapolis Public Schools until his retirement in 2005. Arthur and his wife have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.  They've been married 41 years and this summer celebrated their anniversary by taking a trip to Israel.


Delton Christman '66 is one of the new owners of the Railyard Ale House and Casino in Billings.  The Railyard features 17 microbrews on tap and was most recently named the Reader's Choice award for best live entertainment in the Billings Gazette.


Guy Murray '66 was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Northern Kentucky in 2007.  He served as the head baseball coach at UNK for 29 years, retiring in 1997.  In 1999 he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and in 1991 he received the U.S. Baseball Federation Service award.


Vern McDermott '68 and his wife, Audrey, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner, reception and barn dance in Absarokee.  Vern taught at Billings Senior High for 33 years and Audrey taught at Taft Elementary and Poly Drive Elementary  before retiring.  They have three children and nine grandchildren.


Jim Olson '68, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Billings, placed in the top 10 of the 230 associates in 14 Montana offices in the Total Listing Taken category in the 2007 first quarter awards from Coldwell Banker.


Gloria Wester '70 was the recipient of the 2007 Roche Jaune Tourism Excellence Award for her commitment to promoting the beauty of eastern Montana.  She is president of the Pompey's Pillar Historical Association and is an active member of the Custer Country Tourism Region Board.  Gloria is a writer who contributes to the Welcome! Visitor's Guide, the Laurel Outlook and the Custer Country Vacation Guide.


Larry Noonan '74, CEO of AWARE Inc., has been named Montana Entrepreneur of the Year by the Montana Ambassadors.  He has adopted private-sector business practices that have provided high-quality and cost-efficient human services throughout the state.  AWARE's business design has created hundreds of quality jobs in communities throughout Montana.


Freeman Blade '76 is the interim Women's Head Basketball coach at Case Western Reserve University.  He had been assistant coach since 2006.  Blade, a native of Twinsburg, Ohio, was an All-American selection his senior year for the Yellowjackets and still ranks among the top 10 career leaders for points per game, field goals made and free throw percentage.


Ron Laird '78 is the new president of the National Federation of High Schools. He is the commissioner of the Wyoming High School Activities Association and serving his fourth year on the NFHS Board of Directors. His term will conclude at the summer meeting in Washington, D.C. in July of 2008.


Jay Strever '78 is a recipient of the 2007 Roche Jaune Award for Adult Volunteer Excellence for his commitment to Relay for Life.  Jay is the human resources regional director for the Billings Gazette.


Patricia McLane Peterson '79 and her husband, Don, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a picnic at their cabin in Red Lodge.  Pat taught music for School District 2 in Billings and Don was administrator of St. John's Lutheran Home.  They have two children and three grand-children.


Kathleen Erickson '83 recently earned licensure as a clinical social worker.  She earned her master's degree in social work at Walla Walla College and works at Alternatives Inc. in Billings as a therapist.


Sandy Wong '83 of Billings, was the 2007 recipient of the Volunteer Service Award by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  Sandy was the founding president of Rebuilding Together Yellowstone County which assists low-income and elderly homeowners with basic repairs and maintenance.


Darwin George '84 has joined Prudential Floberg Realtors in Billings.  He specializes in residential properties as well as farm and ranch.


Win Seitz '84 has been promoted to account manager at Q Business Source in Billings. He is responsible for supervising company sales throughout central and eatern Montana and northern Wyoming.


Gina Cleveland '87 has been promoted to accounting assistant at Wendy's of Montana.  She has been with the Billings’ company for 21 years.


Dana Fiedler '88 is the new manager for Anytime Fitness in Billings.  She coached college volleyball and fastpitch softball at Minot State University.  While a student at MSU Billings, Dana was an All-American Converse basketball honorable mention.


Mark Jaskot '88 was the recipient of the 2007 AACRC Fellow Award for his contribution to the field of residential treatment and related clinical services.  Mark is an employee of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings and was recognized for his long-term professional practice and leadership.


Shan Kuntz '88 has joined State Farm Insurance in Forsyth and Colstrip.


Allan Audet '92 will be teaching welding at the Career Center in Billings this fall.  He is currently serving his second term as president of the Billings teacher's union and will be stepping down to return to the profession he enjoyed previously, teaching.  Allan was a pipe fitter and plumber before becoming a teacher.


Traci Wiederrick Glasscock '92 is taking some time off from her teaching career to spend time at home with her two small children.  She taught for the past 11 years in Broadus, Shepherd and Miles City.  Not leaving the education field entirely, she is currently on the school board for Cohagen, Mont. and is working to secure grant money to improve the school facilities and teacherage.  She frequently interacts with students and teachers and assists in curriculum development.


Lisa Harmon '93 has been named Executive Director of the Downtown Billings Association and the Business Improvement District.


Bryon Heiser '93 is the Station Manger for SkyWest Airlines in Salem OR. He has been with the company now for almost 4 years and in the airline industry for almost 12 years.


George Maruska '93 has been teaching History and Government at Grass Range High School for the past eight years. He has also been officiating Basketball for 15 years and Volleyball for three.   In the summer of 2006 George spent 16 days touring Eastern Europe including Berlin, Vienna, and Prague and met cousins in the Czech Republic for the first time since his grandfather left there 100 years ago.


Bernice Beck '94 and her husband, John, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at La Luna restaurant in Big Sky.  Bernice works at John's insurance office and seasonally for Anderson, Zurmuehlen & Co. in Billings.  They have five children, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Audrey Pierce-Seeley '94 has joined Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain as a play and language consultant for autistic youngsters. The home-based program focuses on play-based techniques to develop communication and social skills.  Audrey is a comprehensive certified family support specialist.


Brian Daubert '95 is a financial services representative with MetLife in Billings, Mont.


Peg Furshong '95 has accepted a position as education coordinator for Residence Life and Student Centers at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN.  She was previously associate director at St. Cloud State University.


Randy Heiser '97 of Billings has joined Raymond James Financial Services as a financial advisor.  He was most recently with Edward Jones where he received the Winners Circle Award for his sales and service efforts over the past year. 


Jodi Milliron '97 is the payroll manager for Avitus Group in Billings.  She has been with the company for over six years and oversees payroll for more than 5,000 employees.  She recently completed the Certified Payroll Professional Examination through the American Payroll Association.


Kelly Bjornstad '98 has completed the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado, a 23-month banking school for community banking professionals.  Kelly is the credit administrator at Little Horn State Bank of Billings.


Troy Bruce '98 has joined Rocky Mountain Bank in Billings as vice president of investments.  He has additional training in the life and health insurance sectors and brings nine years of financial advisory experience to his new position.


Charlotte Harasymczuk '98 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Montana Center on Disabilities for her advocacy for the deaf and hard of hearing throughout the state.  She has served on the Board of the Montana Association of the Deaf, the Montana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Governor-appointed Montana Telecommunication Access Program Board.  Char currently works as a deaf specialist at Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow and is pursuing her master's degree from MSU Billings.


Heather Newton '99 has joined Highgate Senior Living in Billings as a marketing and community relations director.  She was previously the regional director of the American Heart Association.


Steve Gardiner '00 has been selected as the 2008 Montana Teacher of the Year.  Steve teaches English and coaches cross country at Billings Senior High School.  He has written more than 500 articles for numerous publications, co-authored a book on teaching reading and three books on mountain climbing.  He is also involved with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and earned National Board Certification in 2002.


Ken Boeschen '01 has joined the downtown branch of Western Security Bank as a real estate loan originator.  He has more than ten years of banking and lending experience and a degree in finance.


Toby Hill '01 is the new basketball coach at Skyview High School in Billings, replacing Mark Wahl who is now assistant principal at Billings Senior High School.  Toby served as assistant boys’ basketball coach for three years at Billings West, three years as assistant men's basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College and then one year at John F. Kennedy High School in Mount Angel, Ore.  Toby earned his masters degree in broadfield science and physical enhancement from MSU Billings in 2001.


Kari Malnaa '01 was recently hired by Wendy's of Montana as the new controller and office manager.  She was previously employed by EideBailly of Billings as an accountant.


Luke Savage '02 is a board member of the Sidney Community Education Foundation.  Luke is an attorney with the Savage Law Firm in Sidney, Mont.


Mary Herr '03 is the health director for Richardson Cottage and The Crossings, the senior living communities in Laurel, Mont. which are part of St. John's Lutheran Ministries.  She will provide wellness and health coordination for 24 units of independent living and 25 units of assisted living.


Lee Humphrey '03 is a financial consultant with Edward Jones in Billings and actively serves the Chamber of Commerce as a chamber ambassador.  He is a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Billings class and dedicates his time to planning meetings that offer educational tools and networking opportunities to the Billings business community.


Andrea McClenning ‘03 and Nathan McClenning ‘02 live in Billings with their daughter and are employed with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Nathan is a fisheries technician doing telemetry work on the Yellowstone River and Andrea works at the front desk.


Alan Sherbo '03 has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the Fabrication Business Unit of Roscoe Steel in Billings.  He leads the Fabrication Unit's overall strategic direction, process improvement and performance evaluation efforts.


Cara Hughs Fairbanks '04 recently graduated from Walla Walla College with a Masters degree in social work.


Heidi Kocsis '04 has been certified by the American Payroll Association as a certified payroll professional.  She is the payroll and accounting manager for Associated Employers in Billings.


Nick O'Connor '04 has been named operations manager for Western Security Bank in Lockwood.  He began his career at the bank as a management trainee and most recently served as branch manager.


Beverly Soria '04 has two years teaching experience at Huntley Project School.  She is currently working at HydroSolutions in Billings with the goal of someday returning to the classroom.


Nicole Nardacci '05 has joined Western States Insurance in Billings as a commercial lines representative.  She has previous experience in life and health insurance and is licensed in Montana.


Scott Taylor '05 has joined UBS Financial Services in Denver, Col.  He is currently in a Financial Advisor Associate Training program with UBS, the world's largest private wealth money manager.


Todd Gage '06 has joined Connect Telephone & Computer Group in Billings as a structured cabling technician.  He will be responsible for installing and maintaining the company's cable system for a variety of technologies such as data networks, voice systems and IP telephony.


Betsy Harris '06 has joined the Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America as the special events coordinator.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public relations at MSUB.


Tim Kite '06 has joined Prudential Floberg Realtors in Billings as a sales associate.  Tim has made a career change having spent the past 30 years in the boilermaker's trade.


Amy Muir '06, a primary teacher at Lockwood School, spent two weeks in New Orleans this past summer volunteering her time as part of the rebuilding effort.  She worked with the American Federation of Teachers to help restore the city's public schools.  After the hurricane hit and damage to buildings was so severe many of the city's 7,500 teachers lost their jobs and many left the area.  One of Amy's tasks was to locate as many former teachers as possible and record their stories.   The second half of her trip was spent working with the nonprofit group Acorn.  Amy and other teachers helped to completely break down the inside of two homes that were destined for demolition and also helped with the upkeep of lawns and yards if there was a chance the property owner would return.


Travis Tormaschy '06 recently joined Joseph Eve in Billings as a staff accountant.  He previously worked as a personal banker assistant at Rocky Mountain Bank.


Jimie Lou Marchwick-Wix '07 has joined the Poplar Public School District as an elementary teacher. She has majors in elementary and special education and is teaching first grade in Poplar, MT.




Brooke Henderson ’07 to Tanner Rienhart, 5/4/2007

Jeffrey Amundsen ‘98 to Jennifer DeLaittre ’04, 5/5/2007

Aimee Romeijn ‘98 to Gary Boen, 5/5/2007

Christopher Candelaria ’98 to Jamie Petesen, 5/5/2007

Paula Ehrmantraut ’01 to Randy Myrup, 5/2007

Nathan Royer ‘95 to Jessica Bloyder, 5/2007

Tammy Friedrich ‘98 to Lawrence Bennert, 5/22/2007

Jason Mueller ’99 to Heather Kindsfater, 5/26/2007

Sandra Niemeyer ‘06 to Kristopher Rivers, 5/30/2007

Jourdan Guidice ‘04 to Jessica Cozzens, 6/2007

Sarah Sherman ‘03 to Damien Brockel, 6/2/2007

Melanie Henke ‘05 to Jeffrey Fitzgerald, 6/2/2007

Brian Hutchinson ‘02 to Deidre Fitzgerald, 6/8/2007

Colby Braun ‘06 to Ashley Helmers, 6/9/2007

Michael Goertz ‘05 to Amanda Adkins, 6/9/2007

Tamara Matzke ’91 to Curtis Grimm, 6/9/2007

Lisa O'Hearn ‘05 to Jacob Davis, 6/15/2007

Janii Pedersen, 07 to Paul Elsenpeter, 6/15/2007

Jodi Hines ’83 to Christopher Ervin, 6/15/2007

Kelly Helkenn 2004 to Daniel Ritz, 6/16/2007

Juanita McCorkle ‘97 to Damon Roach, 6/16/2007

Tracey Martin ‘97 to Lucas Tounsley, 6/16/2007

Kami Strong 2003 to Rodney Bodine, 6/22/2007

Jessica House ‘98 to George Guillaume, 6/22/2007

Daniel Bronson ‘06 to Amanda Cuff, 6/23/2007

Toni Nistler 2002 to Lee Humphrey ’03, 6/23/2007

Stacy Weitz 2006 to Steven Minch, 6/29/2007

Kara Dietz 2006 to David Cox, 6/30/2007

Shannon DuMolt ‘00 to Amy Bickford, 6/30/2007

Todd Garlock ‘00 to Sarah Caldwell, 6/30/2007

Dustin Olsen ‘07 to Heather Jantz, 6/30/2007

Tara Madden ‘06 to Bradley Reiners, 6/30/2007

Kelly Webb ‘00 to Randy Poser, 7/2007

Lacey Humbracht ‘05 to Jay Thompson ’06, 7/2007

Tisha Hague ‘95 to Brandon Arthur, 7/7/2007

Kristi Handlos ‘05 to William Kohnke, 7/7/2007

Robert Lockrem ‘93 to Corinna Rehm, 7/7/2007

Sofia Gomez ‘07 to Kyle Lohrenz, 7/7/2007

John Willard ‘71 to Patricia Lambard ‘85, 7/7/2007

Cale Handran ‘04 to Brianne Hansen, 7/14/2007

Tamara Martin ‘93 to James Taylor, 7/14/2007

Melissa Medsker ‘99 to William Walton, 7/14/2007

David Graves ‘79 to Jeanne Close, 7/20/2007

Mirinda Little Wolf ‘06 to Derek Schnetzer , 7/21/07

Kala Corder ‘05 to Bradley Welbes, 7/21/2007

Jennifer Reichert ‘07 to Don Ebright, 7/25/2007

Nikki Dibblee ‘06 to Kevin Harada, 7/28/2007

Letha Broere ‘06 to Travis McDowell, 7/28/2007

Tanna Schaff ‘86 to John Bunderson, 7/31/2007

Craig Thompson ‘07 to Jacquelyn Walen, 8/2007

Andrea Houghton ‘07 to Nathan Klein, 8/3/2007

Lindsay Vennes ‘07 to Matthew Payovich, 8/4/2007

Karri Sharp ‘05 to Clayton Sweet, 8/4/2007

Lyndsay Miller ‘05 to Joshua White, 8/4/2007

Jeff Blatnick ‘00 to Stephanie Wright, 8/5/2007

Lilia Gajewski ‘98 to Eric Johnson, 8/9/2007

Rachelle Criswell ‘07 to Derek Christman, 8/11/2007

Chad Landon ‘06 to Heather Vandersnick, 8/11/2007

Duane Miner ‘03 to Staci Vejtasa, 8/11/2007

Glenn Brewington ‘03 to Allison Mcdowell, 8/18/2007

Michael Moots ‘06 to Bethany Olson, 8/25/2007

Robert Boyce ‘03 to Katie Boyce, 8/31/2007

Mallory Clarkson ‘05 to Steven Edwards, 9/2007

Teresa Debock ‘99 to Brad Humphrey, 9/2007

Becky O'Loughlin ‘04 to Michael Lowe, 9/2007

Jennifer Wilke ‘04 to Allen Reynolds, 9/2007

Patricia Halvorsen ‘06 Dale Anderson, 9/1/2007

Travis Lance ‘06 to Elaine Taylor, 9/1/2007

Meghan Conaway ‘06 to Craig Kuka, 9/8/2007

Bryan Redman ‘04 to Kara Wemple, 9/8/2007

Scott Schissler ‘91 to Stacie Meeks, 9/15/2007

Jay Neufeld ‘04 to Cassie Nollmeyer, 9/22/2007

Amanda Vukonich ‘06 to Alexander Hernandez, 9/29/2007

Alan Ballew ‘04 to Julie Pearson ’06, 10/2007

Kendra Melville ‘98 to Mike Vandersloot, 10/2007

Kathleen McIsaac ‘97 to Kenneth Kotecki, 10/5/2007

Rana Ash ‘07 to Jason Rasmussen, 10/12/2007

Samuel Baril ‘79 to Elizabeth Farish, 10/13/2007

Amber Ahrens ‘07 Christopher Miller, 10/13/2007

Terry Ashcraft ‘88 to India Beckman, 10/27/2007

Shawn Reddish ‘00 to David Kuzra, 11/18/2007

Cheri Diaz ‘06 to Ryan Feller, 11/29/2007



Alice F. Miller ‘42, May 06, 2007

Nancy Snyder ‘39, May 19, 2007

Edna M. McCracken ‘35, May 21, 2007

Irene A. Dowlin ‘37, May 22, 2007

Michael J. Conroy ‘68, May 23, 2007

Ann K. Scofield ‘50, May 29, 2007

Anita K. Olson ‘66, May 30, 2007

Karen M. Vaughan ‘01, May 30, 2007

Bonita J. Mather ‘68, June 01, 2007

Terri K. Hoving ‘78, June 03, 2007

Ted R. Moos ‘60, June 14, 2007

Roger A. Allison ‘88, June 23, 2007

Ellen G. Daines ‘38, June 24, 2007

Marjorie Sikkenga ‘41, July 04, 2007

E. I. MacIntyre ‘74, July 05, 2007

Lynn W. Townsend ‘35, July 05, 2007

Mildred L. Wosepka ‘65, July 05, 2007

Nellie R. Fisher ‘38, July 07, 2007

Ada R. Harpster ‘39, July 14, 2007

Bradley C. Chase ‘85, July 21, 2007

Alice R. Hubbard ‘33, July 24, 2007

Rodney M. Feller ‘72, July 28, 2007

Sybil Matye ‘35, July 30, 2007

Roy A. Lafromboise ‘80, August 05, 2007

Helen M. Jacobson ‘65, August 08, 2007

H. G. Mader ‘66, August 11, 2007

James O. McKelvey ‘70, August 11, 2007

Catherine E. Brekke ‘05, August 12, 2007

James D. Nelson ‘75, August 13, 2007

Florence Meredith ‘40, August 21, 2007

Catherine C. Seibert ‘50, August 21, 2007

Alta W. Wille ‘67, August 21, 2007

Minnie M. Carpenter ‘59, August 25, 2007

Glenn J. Tjeltveit ‘48, September 05, 2007

Edith Harper ‘44, September 08, 2007

Harold P. McLaughlin ‘71, September 09, 2007

Andrew L. Hofmeister ‘35, September 10, 2007

Sharon D. Leckie ‘72, September 10, 2007

Evelyn E. Billing ‘35, September 11, 2007

Emma W. Lanier ‘30, September 21, 2007

Alberta R. Romine ‘55, September 26, 2007

Darlene N. Rangitsch ‘91, September 30, 2007

Richard Hier ‘82, October 01, 2007

Mary E. Royal ‘38, October 01, 2007

Donna J. Johnston ‘49, October 02, 2007

Frances E. Nelson ‘34, October 09, 2007

Ron B. Novasio ‘75, October 10, 2007

Florence J. Fairbanks ‘68, October 16, 2007

Gertrude Butorac ‘34, October 17, 2007

John B. Mueller ‘55, October 21, 2007

Rina M. Moog ‘01, October 22, 2007

Bessie M. Paul ‘88, October 23, 2007

Viola M. Wick ‘38, October 23, 2007

Jean Fretland ‘41, October 29, 2007

Robert B. Lawrence ‘70, October 29, 2007

John W. McLeod ‘74, November 01, 2007

Eugene W. DeSylvia ‘58, November 02, 2007

Elizabeth E. Jenkins ‘71, November 03, 2007

F. Shelton Farr ‘72, November 18, 2007

Magdalene A. Moccasin Top ‘89, November 30, 2007



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