Sara Sorenson (DPM ’99) is pursuing her Master's in Church Music at Concordia University Wisconsin and has received a scholarship of $8,000 from In Faith Foundation of Minneapolis.
Sarah Jensen ('11) and Logan Anderson were engaged in July 2016 and will be married on August 12, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, MN.
Fabrice Baillet (Ed.S. '16) earned her Educational Specialist - Principal Licensure from Concordia St. Paul.
Domonique Gilmer ('12) has accepted a position as an assistant principal at Olson Middle School with Minneapolis Public Schools. He was also voted in as a board member of the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, representing Morris Park, Minneapolis.
Sherry (Eggert, '78) Dopp retired in March 2017 from Jackson Northwest Kidder Middle School in Jackson, MI as director of bands. Previously, she spent twenty four years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson as classroom teacher and music/band director. Following that she spent the next eleven years as the director of bands at East Jackson Middle School, before her move to Northwest. She and her husband, Dale, have recently moved to Scottsdale, AZ.
Rev. Arnold Fischer (Acad. '50, J.C. '52), 85, of Great Falls, MT was called home to heaven to be with his Lord on January 31, 2017 at Peace Hospice with his family at his side.
After graduating from Concordia Seminary in 1952, Arnold accepted his first call and was ordained and installed into the ministry as pastor of a triple parish in Crosby, ND, Fortuna, ND, and Plentywood, MT. In 1960, Arnold accepted a call to Zion Lutheran Church in Power, MT.
Corinne (Mott, '68) Thompson, 69, of Sheboygan, WI went home to be with her Lord on March 13, 2016 at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her pastor, husband and family.
Corinne was called to serve as a Deaconess at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, WI in the Chaplaincy program where she taught religion and bible study, and organized Christmas programs for the residents. Corinne also participated in women's ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church and served for 20 years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sheboygan as church secretary.
Rev. Rodney Nygren ('83) passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the age of 65.
In Orfordville, WI, he served as pastor at his first parish. Parishes to follow were in Peterson and Janesboro, MN, Belton, MO and Roseau, MN.
Malerie (Riewer, '12) and Christopher Klabo's daughter, Juliette Faith Klabo, was born on March 7, 2017 measuring 21 inches in length and weighing 8lbs 1oz.
Melanie (Wohlfeil, '85) Dressel passed away on Monday, May 15 at her home in Watertown, MN.
In December 2010, Melanie had surgery for a tumor on her spinal cord, which left her with limited mobility. Then in October 2016, Melanie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Her strength throughout these illnesses was extraordinary, as she relied on God and forever remained a loving and caring wife and mother. She will always be remembered for her gentle, compassionate nature and ability to brighten anyone's day.
Rev. Bob Gehrke ('78) graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on May 22, 2015 with a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis on Missional Leadership. His Major Applied Project is called "Qualities, Characteristics and Resources that Foster Sustainability in Private Schools."
Rev. Darrell Kobs ('69) retired in 2014. He is now serving as Circuit Visitor of the Ft. Smith Circuit, Mid-South District, LCMS.
Mary Ann Wienandt (A.A '68) died August 5, 2016 at Easthaven Villa in Yelm, WA. She had been battling colo-rectal cancer since August 2012.
Naomi (Cronin, '73) Hulver has recently retired and is enjoying her time with her new husband (5 years) and grandson August (3).
Marsha Durst ('72) died peacefully at her home in hospice care on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Through her life, she gave the world as much color and beauty as the flower gardens that she adored.
Marsha Jean Anderst was born on Feb. 16, 1951, in Fairmont, Minn., to Roland and Dorothy Anderst, who farmed on the outskirts of town. She had many fond memories of growing up with her two sisters, Leann and Cheryl. She attended Fairmont public schools and graduated in 1969 from Fairmont Senior High School with high honors. From there, she attended and earned a B.A. teaching degree (summa cum laude) at Concordia College in St. Paul and taught first grade at Rochester Central Lutheran School in Rochester.
On June 12, 1976, she married Ron Durst at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rochester. They lived briefly in Illinois after the wedding, where she was a department store office manager.
In 1978, along with Ron and his brothers, Marsha helped form Durst Bros., a dairy and grain farm north of Mantorville. Over the next 40 years, she helped modernize and grow the business to be one of the largest dairy operations in the state of Minnesota — starting with 112 cows and reaching more than 1,800 dairy cows and 3,000 acres of crops. As the farm matured, her primary role was chief financial officer, but over the years she did everything from milking cows, heifer checks, herd records to safety management, as well as planning birthday and other celebrations for every employee. Marsha truly believed each member of Durst Bros. was family.
When not busy at the farm, she volunteered at and was a substitute teacher at Kasson-Mantorville Schools. She enjoyed family activities, church, gardening, movies, reading, her Red Hat Society, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, traveling, following her children's activities, and especially working with her beloved husband, Ron, throughout her life. They were a team that worked well together, and had a passion for life, no matter the challenges they faced.
Raymond King ('88) passed away on December 29, 2016.
Rev. Timothy ('05) and Amanda Fitzner and big brother Luke are proud to announce the birth of Charlotte Renee, born September 19, 2016. Charlotte was baptized by her father at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adair, Iowa on October 9, 2016.
Meta (Grulke, '52) Schempf turned 84 on Apr. 23 2017. She was in the first class of girls at Concordia. Meta and her husband, Arthur Schempf ('52) have been happily married for 62 years. They met during their time at Concordia. Meta and Arthur both were Lutheran teachers and have served the Lord in 4 congregations all in Michigan. They have a son, Rev Michael and a daughter Joanne married to Rev. Jeff Walsh. Of the 20 adults in their family 16 have attended Concordias and they now have 4 pastors, directors of family life, Lutheran teachers and music directors serving the Lord on Sunday mornings in various LCMS congregations.
Robert A. Kirschbaum (Acad. '52) of Elk River passed away on Nov. 11, 2016.
Neil Lerner (Ed.S. '14), current CSP baseball assistant coach, led a group of 25 8th graders in Shanghai as a part of the Chinese immersion program in the Hopkins Public School District. They start learning Chinese in kindergarten and in 8th grade travel to their sister school in Shanghai to learn for a week there. Neil is the Dean of Students at Hopkins West Junior High.