In Memoriam

Wallace Robinson '32 (Woodward, Iowa) passed away on July 13, 2010.

Elizabeth (Jensen) Heydt '33 (Blooming Prairie, Minn.) passed away on December 25, 2010. She was valedictorian at Austin High School and after graduating from Winona State, taught in elementary schools in rural Mower and Freeborn Counties, and in the towns of Sargeant and Winona. She and her husband also operated the Sterling Motel in Winona for eleven years.

Lova (Starz) Anderson '42 (Zumbro Falls, Minn.) passed away on April 1, 2010. She earned her teaching certificate at Winona State and also graduated from the University of Minnesota. A lifelong teacher and learner, she taught elementary and special education classes and English as a second language. She was also active in her church and community organizations.

Daisy Score '43 (Willmar, Minn.) passed away on April 29, 2010.

Warren Smith '47 (Port Charlotte, Fla.) passed away on December 22, 2010.


Charles Johnson '51 (La Crosse, Wis.) passed away on November 25, 2010. He was appointed to attend West Point and later earned his bachelor's at Winona State. He taught math in Iowa and later joined the John O. Melby Bank in Whitehall, Wis. Charles earned a banking degree at the University of Wisconsin and was a bank president for 30 years. Barbara Stensrud '51 (Albert Lea, Minn.) passed away on November 26, 2010. After earning her associate's degree at Winona State, she was very active in her church and volunteered in numerous community groups and organizations.

Joseph Edward Lynch '52 (Waseca, Minn.) passed away on October 11, 2009. He attended Winona State after his discharge from the U.S. Navy. He went on to teach and coach in Ellendale and later at Waseca High School. Joe, who held several state track records in high school, was active in sports, including refereeing football and basketball.

Allan Peters '53 (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) passed away on October 8, 2010.

Gene Rygmyr '54 (Punta Gorda, Fla.) passed away on November 21, 2010.

Dick Wood '55 (Peoria, Ariz.) passed away on December 27, 2010.

Olive Tovson '57 (Albert Lea, Minn.) passed away on May 5, 2010. She worked as a missionary and teacher in Camaroon and Nigeria and taught French at Kuwait University for three years. She spent the last 19 years residing in Arizona.

Alice (McCormick) Larson '61 (Lanesboro, Minn.) passed away on January 26. She earned bachelor's and master's at Winona State and taught for 24 years, her last seven as both teacher and principal. She also taught quilting to hundreds of women, and researched, wrote, directed, and narrated Lanesboro's centennial pageant, "Sentimental Journey into the Past." She also wrote and directed Preston's pageant in honor of its 125th year.

Margery Buckner '62 (Brandon, Miss.) passed away on May 27, 2010.

Evelyn Baker '65 (Rochester, Minn.) passed away on April 12, 2010.

Ervin Weiland '65 (Reedley, Calif.) passed away on April 15, 2010.
Richard Kolter '65 (Winona) passed away on December 17, 2010. A lifelong resident of Winona, he was a mathematics teacher for the Winona Area Public Schools for 32 years. He was also course superintendent at Westfield Golf Club for most of his career.

David Hassett '66 (Minneapolis, Minn.) passed away on January 15 following a short illness. Dave graduated with a bachelor's in chemistry and worked as a chemist at Watkins Products in Winona. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Watkins and then enrolled in graduate school at WSU. He joined the University of North Dakota as a research chemist, focusing on lignite-related projects, biofuels, coal ash, and environmental chemistry. He retired in 2010. Dave loved working with groups of students and was known for "blowing things up."

Walter Cacic '67
(Montello, Wis.) passed away on June 18, 2010.

Thomas Schott '67 (Winona) passed away on December 11, 2010. After graduating from Winona State, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves and went on to work as district manager for Falstaff Brewing. He later joined Miller Brewing Company and in 1979, moved to Eyota, Minn., where Tom became president and CEO of Schott Distributing Company, Inc.

Mary Kay Klankowski '68 (La Crescent, Minn.) passed away on July 28, 2010.  

Dorothy Anne Pollema '68 (Winona) passed away on December 15, 2010. After earning a bachelor's in journalism at Macalester College, she graduated from Winona State with an education degree. She was an area editor for the Rochester Post-Bulletin and later taught in the Dover-Eyota schools until her retirement.

Owen Haigh '69 (Neillsville, Wis.) passed away on April 3, 2010.

David Krafka '70 (Burnsville, Minn.) passed away after a struggle with cancer.

Laurel Nunstedt '71 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) passed away on May 22, 2010.

John Fetting '72 (Fountain City, Wis.) passed away on July 11, 2010.

Mark Scholl '74 (Fountain City, Wis.) passed away on April 12, 2010.

John Witham '74 (Eden Prairie, Minn.) passed away on August 0, 2010.

Norlin "Ted" Winkler '75 (Virginia, Minn.) passed away on December 26, 2010 after a long illness. He joined Mayo Clinic in 1950 and held many positions, including program coordinator for the Radiography Training School, and instructor and assistant professor in the Mayo Medical School. He was named associate in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology by the Mayo Board of Governors in 1981. He held positions in a number of professional societies and was an avid fisherman and reader.

Barbara Taylor '76 (Lola, Wis.) passed away on January 4. She earned her teaching diploma at UW-Stevens Point and BS at Winona State, graduating summa cum laude. She taught in a one-room school before moving to Rochester, Minn., when she became editor and photographer for a newspaper for city employees. She also worked as a retail shop owner, substitute teacher, and math resource aide. She was active in a number of service and community organizations.

John Plamann '79 (Minneapolis, Minn.) passed away on March 6, 2010.

Scott Eklund '82 (Maple Grove, Minn.) passed away on January 13, 2010.

Holly Tierney '82 (New Brighton, Minn.) passed away on June 4, 2010.

Brenda (Sangren) Knockel '83 (Centerville, Minn.) passed away on February 16 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Marie Eidem '85 (Eyota, Minn.) passed away on February 16, 2010.

Eve Friedli '90 (Boscobel, Wis.) passed away on November 22, 2010 after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma. She graduated with education degree at Winona State and later with an accounting degree from Saint Mary's University. She most recently worked at Mayo Clinic.

Lynn Hanson '92 (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) died on January 31 after a brief bout with cancer. Her career in nursing included hospital, school, and public health nursing. She spent her final 14 years as a college professor, including as Dean of the School of Nursing at Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Kimberly Hilliard '99 (Rosemount, Minn.) passed away on February 4, 2010.

Maureen (Sperbeck) Richter '99 (Rochester, Minn.) passed away on February 8 after a two-year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Chad '96, and their son Joshua.

Jody Kramer '03 (Lewiston, Minn.) passed away on October 31, 2010.

Austin Melville '10 (Rochester, Minn.) died tragically on November 27, 2010, the victim of a hit-and-run driver in downtown Rochester. He graduated from Winona State in May 2010 and aspired to a career in sports broadcasting.

Faculty, Staff, Friends
Sue '73 / '75 and Jack Cornwell (Winona), great friends of the university and supporters of philanthropy in Winona, passed away within several days of each other at their home in Eagan, Minn. Jack passed away on February 27; Sue on March 2.

After earning English degrees, Sue served as an adjunct professor at Winona State and was active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations, including the Winona Community Foundation as executive director, the Winona Health board, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival board.

Jack, a Winona native, graduated from the University of Minnesota and worked as a civil engineer before returning to work with his father at Kendell O'Brien Lumber Company. He started Kendell Doors and Hardware, with which he was involved until his death. He served on various boards and committees in the area.

The couple long supported the Cornwell Family Scholarship at Winona State, inspired by Sue's experiences with earning her degree after their children were in school, and her acceptance as a peer by faculty in the English Department. To contribute to the Cornwell Scholarship, contact the WSU Foundation.

Aleeza Saande (Hastings, Minn.) died due to an automobile accident on January 9. An elementary education major, Aleeza was passionate about working with children and hoped to become a teacher. At Winona State, she was active in Campus Crusade for Christ.