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Your fellow alumni readers want to know want what you're up to these days. Share your news about job changes, promotions, awards/recognition, retirement, and family milestones with us. Class notes are featured in our Outlook email newsletter and annual magazine. 

Here are some common reasons to send us a class note:

  • A new job or promotion 
  • A baby or adopted a child
  • You got married or entered into an official union 
  • Published a book
  • A fellow alumni has passed away

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PeeblesJacob `13 and Hayley `12 Pebbles welcomed their
second child, Cameron, on Sept. 21, 2020.


Trudy Verbrick Zarlink `69 and her husband, David, celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 20, 2020.


Aimee `14 and Ryan Donnelly welcomed
their first child, Kieran Patrick, in May.

Career News

Christine Kortbein `87 co-authored “Grief Reimagined.” - released in October.


Career News: new jobs, promotions, awards and retirements
  • Fritz Kazlausky `61 retired from coaching high school basketball after 59 years. He has been inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Baseball Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Lake County Illinois Sports Hall of Fame, Grant High School Hall of Fame and the Grant Baseball Field was also named in his honor.
  • Geri Luepke `64 received the volunteer of the year award from Family and Consumer Science Professionals.
  • Tery Thomas `68 retired from a part-time position as advance placement program coordinator for the Fond du Lac. School District and as a site supervisor for ACT Examinations at Fond du Lac High school. Currently, president of the Fond du Lac Area Retired Educators Association.
  • Dr. Ana Margarita “Cha” Guzman `69 is the recipient of the 2020 Women’s Leadership Award by the San Antonio Business Journal.
  • Jim Smith `70 named the imperial potentate of Shriners International. He is the highest-ranked Shriner in the world and serves as president of the Board of Directors of Shriners International and chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
  • Eric Bloohm `71 received the advocate for children award from Lomira School Dist. for his volunteer work teaching math to 3rd and 4th graders.
  • Peter Chisholm `79, president of the Board of Education for the North Fond du Lac school district, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Wisconsin Music Educators Association Distinguished School Board Member award. He will be honored at the 2020 WMEA Virtual Conference.
  • Randal Pickering `79 was named the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Volunteer Chief of the Year. Pickering is the Volunteer Fire Chief in Edgerton.
  • Richard Sprecher `80 is the vice president of development at Meyer Jabra Hotels.
  • Duey Fimreite `85 the R&D manager at South Chicago Packing LLC, the largest processor of animal fat in the U.S. and recently was the guest lecturer for Dr. Mitra's food innovations class.
  • Laura Manka `85 is the supervisor for Duty Free America’s and retail manager for Wherley Motors.
  • Christine Kortbein `87 co-authored “Grief Reimagined.” - released in October.
  • David Holling `87 retired as the director of Buchanan Pastoral Counseling Center, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Tom Roth `88 is the CEO of Affluent Funding, Inc. in Jupiter, Fla.
  • Virginia “Ginny” Williams `88 retired after 40 years in education/school counseling.
  • Kevin Miller `90 published “Know Power, Know Responsibility; How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child in America”.
  • Amy De Curtins Carlson `94 was featured on the women in leadership panel of the Executive Education program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
  • Jeff Van Zeeland `96 is part owner of Fox Valley Wood Products. His company received the 32nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award on Feb. 20, 2020. 
  • Su-Nui Escobar `99 is in private practice and a dietetic internship director at Larkin Community Hospital.
  • Don Yager `00 is the president/COO of Mural Consulting in Tucson, Ariz.
  • Larry Graves `01 is serving as the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Designee on the Governor’s Task Force on student debt.
  • Kevin Howard `03 is an industrial technology specialist at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
  • David Hanson `04 was promoted to senior project manager at JE Dunn Construction.
  • Sunny Reed `06 is a senior interior project designer and associate at Perkins and Will in Miami, Fla.  
  • Levi Stodal, MD `07 is a family medicine physician at Aspirus Doctors Clinic.
  • Steven Peterson `10 completed his master’s degree in supply chain at Marquette University in May.
  • Danielle `13 and her husband, Nate `13 Goss, launched a new beverage company called KUL MOCKS.
  • Katelyn Plank `13 and her wife published their first series of children’s books, “These Are My Pants!”
  • Krissa Fisher '13 is a Financial Aid Advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Dr. Marcus Lewis `18 was named director of the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program.
Life events: births, marriages, anniversaries and deaths


  • Elizabeth Nelson `19 and Myles Lade `20 met working at the Commons three years ago and got engaged in June.



  • Peter `60 and Mary Jean Fulcer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2020.
  • Les Haight `68 and Rhoda Hembrook Haight celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Michigan. They met at the Out of Sight Bar in Menomonie in January 1968.
  • Trudy Verbrick Zarlink `69 and her husband, David, celebrated their 50 years of marriage on June 20, 2020.
  • Marilyn Rassbach Lamers `71 and Richard O. Lamers `70 celebrated 50 years of marriage on September 26, 2020.
  • Susan `71 and Frank Singer `71 celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 28.
  • Dan Mehleis `72 and Lee Anne Purman Mehleis `72 celebrated 50 years of marriage on Cape Cod, Mass. with their entire family.
  • Dennis `72 Baran and his wife Michal are celebrating 25 years of marriage on October 28, 2020. They own and operate a Group Doctor franchise in St. Charles, Ill.
  • Lance `72 and Karen `72 Bell will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on November 18, 2020.
  • Kevin `94 and Janell Lenbom-Groskreutz celebrated 25 years of marriage in Hawaii.


  • Jacob `13 and Hayley `12 Pebbles welcomed their second child, Cameron, on September 21st, 2020.
  • Aimee `14 and Ryan Donnelly welcomed their first child, Kieran Patrick, in May.
  • Jenny Wojcik Zilka `14 welcomed a daughter on April 26, 2020.


  • Shirley A. Nooyen `48, April 9, 2020, Sacramento, Cali.  
  • James L. Indihar `58, September 19, 2020, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Diane E. Hanson `59, January 28, 2020, Madison
  • Richard Tiede `60, July 10, 2020, San Jose, Cali.
  • Robert Gannon `60, September 16, 2020, Marinette
  • Margaret L. Chastan `64, September 10, 2020, Menomonie
  • Walter W. Graumann `64, Asbury, Iowa
  • Michael Gregory Abel `74, August 6, 2020, Hiawatha, Iowa
  • Stephen Ehmcke `74, July 4, 2020, Lakeville, Minn.
  • Kay Daniels Perkins `75, June 12, 2018, Wausau
  • John Clyde Williams `77, May 24, 2020, Freeland, Wash. 
  • Bradley R. Lewis `82, July 9, 2020, Berry township
  • James Wickman `82, September 17, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jeff Seawell `82, July 26, 2020, Kelso, Wash.
  • Richard E. Fogal `87, July 21, 2020, La Crosse
  • Deryl Frey `94, July 5, 2020, Ashland


Faculty/Staff News: awards, retirements and deaths

Faculty Passing:

  • Steven P. Terry, of Menomonie, passed away on June 2, 2020. Steve retired from UW-Stout in 2015 as an associate professor of health and physical education. He served as athletic director from 1994 to 2007 and started at UW-Stout in 1980. 
  • Eunice I. Freeberg, 87, of Colfax, passed away May 29, 2020. She started in 1982 at the UW-Stout Purchasing Department, retiring in 1997.
  • Roger H. Klukas, 87, of Menomonie, passed away June 7, 2020. He worked in the maintenance department at UW-Stout for about 25 years, retiring in 1997.
  • Nasser Hadidi, 77, of Colfax, passed away Aug. 16. Hadidi was a statistics professor at UW-Stout for more than 30 years, retiring in 2015. He was a current senior lecturer at the university.
  • William Schulman, 91, of Menomonie, died Aug. 26, 2020. Bill, professor emeritus in the School of Art and Design, was hired in 1966 at UW-Stout to create the art education program, where he taught until he retired in 1992.
  • William M. Zinsil Jr., 84, of Menomonie, passed away Aug. 21, 2020. Bill was a building maintenance helper at UW-Stout for 18 years. He retired in 2004.


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