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Category: Obituaries

  • Esther (Anderson) Lutz, 85, BS ’54 home economics education, was a home Extension agent and later was a member of her church’s administrative council. She was active in 4-H, Daughters of the American Revolution, Longmont Genealogical Society and Meals on Wheels. She lived in Longmont, Colorado.
  • Gary Borgen, 56, BS ’84 electrical and electronic engineering, was a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy. He lived in Camarillo, California. 
  • Lisa Graff, 31, BA ’08 child development and family science, worked as a server at various Fargo restaurants until she became a receptionist and assistant to the technicians for a dentist’s office. She lived in Moorhead.
  • Rudolph “Rudy” Senich, 94, BS ’50 pharmacy, was the longtime owner of Lion Drug in Duluth, Minnesota. A respected pitcher and manager, he was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 1982. During World War II in the south Pacific, he flew 48 missions as a bombardier with the Air Force’s 90th Heavy Bombardment Group, known as the Jolly Rogers. He lived in Duluth.
  • Lisa (Newman) Olinger, 54, BS ’86 psychology, sociology, worked as a social worker and program director for Dakota Communities Inc., where she cared for people with developmental disabilities. She lived in Hugo, Minnesota.
  • Deanne (Hoffelt) Black, 58, BA ’82 social science, was a substitute teacher at Williston High School and Trinity Christian School and later was a homemaker. She lived in Williston, North Dakota.
  • Jerry Weyrauch, 66, BS ’73 agricultural economics, farmed on the family farm and worked winters with Burlington Northern Railroad, Halliburton, Tioga Gas Plant and retiring in June from Northwest Communication Cooperative. He lived in West Fargo.
  • Curtis Kristofitz, 81, BS ’60 civil engineering, was a civil engineer for the Veterans Administration Hospital System. He spent the last 21 years of his 34-year career at the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, retiring in 1994. He lived in St. Louis.
  • Kelson Bush, 42, BS ’04 biological science education, was a high school biology teacher and also worked in North Dakota, Colorado and West Virginia researching land ownership for oil and gas rights. He lived in Yuma, Arizona.
  • Bette (Thompson) Messner, 63, AD ’74 nursing, was a registered nurse at McVille Community Hospital for more than 40 years. Widely known for the quality care she provided patients, she became director of nurses. She lived in McVille, North Dakota. 

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