Waldorf Class of 61

Final Graduation


Betty Hope Wicks Muckle

Betty, Betty Hope (Wicks) Muckleage 75, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2017. A wonderful mom and grandma, beloved cousin and true friend, Betty's generous spirit lives on in all who were lucky enough to know her. Preceded in death by father, Wallace Wicks. Survived by her mother, Esther Wicks, of Story City, IA; special sisters Cherie Long, Indianola, IA and Theresa Wig of Des Moines, IA; her daughter Suzanne O'Brien (Michael), her son Jay Muckle (Barbara) and grandchildren Harriet and Grey, all of Minneapolis. Funeral service Wednesday, February 22 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service, lunch reception to follow. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at a later date. Many thanks to the staff at NC Little Hospice in Edina, MN for their tender care. Memorials preferred to Healing Touch Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. Gill Brothers 612-861-6088 gillbrothers.com


Shirleen Carlson HowiesonSharleen Carlson Howieson

— A memorial service for Shirleen Howieson will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday September 20th at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. The Reverend Tom Isaacson will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Claremont. Mrs. Howieson, 70, a former and longtime resident of Delavan, died Friday September 16, 2011 at Sunset Homes Living, rural Oronoco, where she had recently resided.

Ada Mae Shirleen Charlson was born August 5, 1941 in Lake Mills, Iowa, the daughter of Edgar and Josephine Charlson. Raised in Lake Mills, she was a graduate of Lake Mills High School. She then attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. On August 29, 1964, in Lake Mills, she married John Howieson. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, she worked briefly in the neurosurgery department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and then at University Hospital in the Twin Cities. In 1971 the Howiesons moved to Delavan, and Mrs. Howieson continued working as an LPN at nursing homes in Winnebago and Mapleton. She was a trainer in CPR and First-Aid, and was involved with the Red Cross. Her compassion as a nurse extended to the animals she loved. Shirleen’s sense of humor and caring nature brightened the lives of many friends and family, but especially those who attended the Friday Morning Coffee Talks in her kitchen.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan, and was actively involved in the church’s music program and she served as a Sunday School Teacher.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan (Steven) Jystad of Zumbrota, Sara (Jim) Howieson-Wingert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Stephanie (Stephen) Fabiilli of Ashland, Wisconsin; a son, John (Mechelle) Howieson of Lake Park, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Turi, Torger, Inga, and John; a brother, John (Cathy) Charlson of Lake Mills, Iowa; and her honorary daughter, Annie Howieson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Howieson, in 2002; her parents, Edgar and Josephine Charlson; a sister, Ruth Charlson; and a brother, Jerry Charlson.

Eileen Kjerland GrahamEileen Kjerland Graham, June 1, 2011

I could not find an obituary on-line. I did find that a memorial had been given in her memory to the Freeborn County Historical Museum.







George Allen Christiansen, 68, of 115 South Hawkeye, Nora Springs, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the Nora Springs Care Center.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Nora Springs Care Center, 907 West Congress Street, Nora Springs, with a time of sharing following the service. Pastor Ed Bard will officiate the service. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

George was born on April 15, 1941, in Osage, Iowa, the son of Carl and Myrtle (Hanson) Christiansen. He was baptized and confirmed at Rock Creek Lutheran Church, rural Osage. He attended Rudd Grad School and graduated from Osage High School in 1959. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in chemical engineering and worked for DuPont Chemical Company in Clinton, Iowa for several years. He was married to and later divorced Carol Sours of Nora Springs. He went on several mission trips for the Church Universal and Triumphant, and then returned to help his parents on the farm, also working for some of the neighbors. He was always a caring neighbor and friend.

Taking after his father and uncles, George was an excellent bowler and horseshoe player. He took over management of horseshoe tournaments at the Mitchell County Fair and Nora Springs Buffalo Days after his father passed away. He loved band music and played the trombone in high school. He enjoyed attending the Mason City Municipal Band concerts on Sunday evenings in East Park. Some of his favorite TV programs were historical documentaries on Iowa Public TV.

George is survived by his sisters Nancy (Dale) Folkerts, Rudd, IA, Dorothy (Francis) Schmidt, Osage, IA, Helen Randolph, Dallas, TX, sister-in-law Barbara (Paul) Christiansen, Cedar Rapids, IA, uncles and aunts, Arnold Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA, Olaf and Dot Hanson, San Jose, CA, Frances (Larry) Christiansen, St. Ansgar, IA and AnnaBelle (Glen) Christiansen, Nora Springs, IA, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul, and several aunts and uncles.

(George was a classmate our Freshman year at Waldorf, George died due to Melanoma.) __________________________________________________

Gail E. (Wright) Koester, age 66, of rural Dennison, died on September 18, 2008, at Rochester Methodist Hospital.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Vang Lutheran Church, with internment at Oaklawn Cemetery.

After graduating from college Gail moved to Northfield where she worked in the office of the treasurer of St. Olaf College for a number of years.  She married David Koester on April 23, 1966.  Together, David and Gail farmed in the Dennison area, and Gail worked at Ryt-Way Packaging and the Northfield Retirement Center.

Gail is survived by her husband, David; children Lori Koester of Dennison, Mark Koester of Dennison and Lynette Belch of Kenyon; three grandchildren; and sister Lois Yocum of Fort Smith, Arizona.

Lois (Vermedahl) Halvorson - Funeral services for Lois M. Halvorson, age 66 of Albert Lea were held on Wednesday April 30, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. President John Moldstad, Jr. and Vicar Boyd Longshore will officiate. Burial at the Somber Cemetery, Northwood, IA. 

Lois died on Saturday, April 26th at the Rochester Methodist Hospital with her loving husband and children by her side. Lois Mae Halvorson was born on May 23, 1941 in Lake Mills, IA, the daughter of Clarence and Ida (Bergland) Vermedahl. She graduated from Lake Mills High School and continued her education at Waldorf College, Forest City, IA, and Mankato State. On June 9, 1962 Lois was united in marriage to Wayne Halvorson in Scarville, IA. Lois taught for a time in Lake Mills, IA, and Hawley, MN. The couple moved to Albert Lea in January 1989 where Lois was a child-care provider. She was also a faithful minister’s wife in the numerous parishes that her husband has served. Lois’ greatest joy came from serving her Lord Jesus Christ and taking care of her family. Lois is survived by her husband, Rev. Wayne Halvorson, Albert Lea; children: Kristen and husband Mark Rogen, Garretson, SD, Loren and wife Susan Halvorson, Mankato, Luther and wife Brenda Halvorson, Golden Valley, Eric and wife Barbara Halvorson, N. Mankato, and Mark Halvorson, San Francisco, CA.; grandchildren: Ariana and husband Justin Jones, Melysa and Zachary Rogen, Daniel, John and Madeline Halvorson, Joseph and Chelsea Mae Halvorson, Samuel, Benjamin and Elizabeth Halvorson; one great-granddaughter, Nora Jones; brother, Claire and wife Ruth Vermedahl, Albert Lea; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Olaf Ness.
Published in the Mankato Free Press from 4/28/2008 - 4/30/2008. Edited for posting on waldorfclassof61.com web site.

 _________________________________________________________________________Mary Bakke Lyon

Mary (Bakke) Lyon
, 65, of Zumbrota, died Friday ( March 16, 2007 ) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester . Mary Evelyn Bakke was born on May 5, 19 41 , in Forest City , Iowa . She grew up in Lake Mills , Iowa , and graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1959. She attended Waldorf College and graduated from Luther College in 1963. In the fall of 1963, she started teaching elementary school in Wanamingo. On Dec. 27, 19 64 , she married Lorin Lyon Jr. in Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills , Iowa . The couple made their home in Zumbrota, where she continued her teaching career. She retired from the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School system. She enjoyed sewing, playing piano and raising flowers, especially in her rose garden. She was a member of the church choir, did volunteer reading at several nursing homes and served on the library board.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Marc (Cindy) of Zumbrota; two daughters, Lora (Georg) Wagner of Neillsville, WI, and Melissa (Brian) Haugen of Zumbrota; three children; and two sisters


Richard Holt Richard Bruce Holt, 65, of Windom, died Monday, November27, 2006, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Born January 27, 1041, in Willmar, he was the son of Joseph and Nora Running Holt. 

He received his education in the Wilmar Public Schools, graduating in the Class of 1959.  He then attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, graduating in 1961.  He drove truck for Larson Transfer of Bloomington until his retirement in 1998.  He also worked part-time for Cenex until becoming ill.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Windom, where he acted as treasurer.  He was also a member of the Window Senior Center, where he served on the board for three years and was the treasurer for one term.  He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are his wife; tow sons, Bruce Holt, Wilmar, and Jeff Holt, Nampa, Idaho; one brother, Gary (Marcia) Holt, Mankato; one sister, Judy (Raymond) Smith; and three grandchildren.


James Weisjahn JAMES W. WEISJAHN, age 65 of Waseca died at his home on Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

Born September 5, 1941 in Owatonna, James was the son of William “Bill” and Lola (Briggs) Weisjahn. He attended school in Owatonna and graduated from Medford High School in 1959. He later graduated from Waldorf College in Waverly, IA and Mankato Technical College. On April 16, 1983, Jim was united in marriage to Linda Huber at St. John Lutheran Church in Waseca. He worked at E.F. Johnson Company in Waseca his entire career. Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed fishing, computers, the internet, photography, electronics, model airplanes, listening to his scanner, being a ham radio operator, and was at one time, active with civil defense. He also played the trumpet, and enjoyed bible study with his friends in Medford. Jim was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Waseca.

Jim is survived by one sister, Sharon Myrick and her husband Ron of Medford; his father and mother-in-law, Lester and Delores Huber of Waseca; his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and LuAnne Huber of Waseca; Nieces and Nephews, Sarah (Steven) Schmidt and their son Aidan, Noël (Grady) Huggett and their children Mickenzie and Hunter, Toni Huber, Tyler Huber, Terry Huber, and Travis Huber and his fiancé Becky Phillops. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and an infant brother.

From the "UMW Connection" November, 2005.

Douglas Sulland, age 64, of Rochester, formerly of Stewartville, died Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born June 3, 1941, in Rochester, he grew up on the family farm in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County, and attended rural school. He graduated from the Southern School of Agriculture in Waseca, MN and attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He returned to the family farm to care for his parents, and later moved to Stewartville. In October 1991, he began working in circulation for Agri News in Rochester. He entered Rochester Health and Rehab West in 2000 and had lived there since. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

There are no immediate survivors. He is survived by several cousins. Two sisters preceded him in death.


Carol Lennon NessCarol A. Ness 1940-2000

Decorah Journal, July 13, 2000
Carol A. Ness
Carol A. Ness, 59, of Decorah, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at home of cancer.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 17, at 11 a.m., at the Decorah Lutheran Church, with the Revs. James Glesne and Ole Winter officiating.

Kathy Murray was the organist. Soloist Sarah Voorhees sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "I Come to the Garden Alone." Dianne DuBose sang "On Eagle's Wings." They combined for a duet on "How Great Thou Art." The congregation sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "Praise and Thanks and Adoration" and "Blessed Assurance."


She attended Springwater School and Decorah and Cresco High Schools, graduating from Cresco. She attended one summer at Luther College and 
one year at Waldorf, earning an AA associate degree. Carol continued part-time at Luther College, nearing completion of her bachelor's degree.

She was parish secretary at Decorah Lutheran Church for five years and was an admissions processor at Luther College for 23 years.

On Sept. 1, 1963, she was united in marriage with Howard Ness at Decorah Lutheran Church.

Carol is remembered as always being concerned about others more than herself, giving selflessly of her time, energy and love, and that anyone who knew her was blessed and better for that. She had a knack of making  people feel better with her kind words and empathy.

She was given three months to live back in July of 1999, but was able to see the birth of her newest grandchild, Amanda, in April.

Carol's family was always her first priority. She especially enjoyed the many trips to Rosemount and Rochester, Minn, to watch her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing with them in parks.

Survivors include her husband, Howard; their three children and five grandchildren, Christopher A. Ness of Decorah, Paul N. and Heidi Ness of Rosemount, Minn., and children Adam, Hannah and Caitlin, and Laurie and Mick Parker of Rochester, Minn., and children, Emily and Amanda; her parents, Huber and Corolla Lennon; two sisters, Judy and Dick Knutson of Onalaska, Wis., and Ellen and Rich Hoilahd of Forest Lake, Minn.; and her mother-in-law, Meta Ness of Waukon.

Class members reported by Waldorf Alumni Association, but no information has been able to be found at this time.

Anne Gullickson, Bruce Hohnson, Donna McDonald, Ronald Millett, Theodore Nilssen, Wayne Olson, Harold Opdahl, Ronald Richelman, Hans Sunde, Bruce Swenson, and Janice Methus Tatum.

Arne Bergren, died on October 5,2000.  Received from the Waldorf Alumni office.  I can not find any information on Arnie, 
His picture is not in the "Warrior."