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  • John G. Kiefer, 91, BS ’51 mechanical engineering, was a design engineer for Boeing in Seattle. He later was an inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Boise, Idaho, and Green Valley, Arizona.
  • Sue (Uong) Pekarek, 52, BS ’96 respiratory therapy, came to the United States when she was a child as a refugee from Cambodia. After graduation, she worked and lived in California for five years before returning to the Fargo area. She lived in Morris, Minnesota.
  • Alan Altner, 100, BS ’47 electrical and electronic engineering, worked for Montana Dakota Utilities for 35 years. He lived in Glendive, Montana.
  • JoElle (Thoreson) Thomas, 66, AD ’81 nursing, was a nurse in Albany, Minnesota; Hankinson, North Dakota; at Richland County Public Health in Wahpeton, North Dakota; at Custer Family Planning in Bismarck, North Dakota; and at Three Rivers Public Health in Jamestown, North Dakota. She received the North Dakota Public Health worker of the year award in 1988, Lamplighter Award in 1997, 2005 Love Without Fear Award and 2010 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Dedication Award. She lived in New Effington, South Dakota.
  • James Meisner, 89, BS ’51 civil engineering, had a successful career in the construction industry. The highlight of his career was working with internationally-known architect Marcel Breuer to build the priory at Mary College. He was a Navy veteran who served during the Korean War. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Glen Masset, 54, BS ’89 construction management, was a colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers. He retired in 2013 after a 31-year military career that included serving in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Joint Endeavors, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His military awards included the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joins Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster and a Silver de Fleury Medal. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • John Kimball, 73, BS ’68 electrical and electronic engineering, had a successful career with Honeywell, retiring as vice president of sales and marketing in 2000. He lived in Mound, Minnesota.
  • Patricia (Larsen) Miller, 83, BS ’58 home economics education, played a major role in the family company, Turtle Mountain Corp. She lived in Shoreview, Minnesota.
  • Curtis Funseth, 66, AD ’78 general agriculture, farmed and raised cattle in the Northwood, North Dakota, area. He served on the boards of Avon Township, Northwood Co-Op Oil and Northwood North Cemetery. He lived in Northwood.
  • Grace (Mathew) Haakenstad, 91, BA ’75 English, was editor of the Sheaf publication for the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota and was historian and newsletter editor for several volunteer groups. She lived in Fargo.


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