In Memoriam

WHS Class of 1956





May 7, 2013

Born: 3/7/1938.  Obit   Jim is survived by his wife Janice Altmann; children Karen (Fred) Staley, Mark (Sue) Altmann, Sandra (Ben) Henstein, Rob (Lynn) Altmann, and Melissa Altmann; his 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and other relatives and friends.



January 31, 2003

Born 12/30/1938.  "Cleola knew and "spoke" all five of the love languages fluently: Word affirmations (the best and most frequent letter writer I have ever known!); gifts (you would have loved her as your personal shopper!); quality time (always a big happy smile and ready to be truly with you!); acts of service (she always amazed me at her ability to show up and pitch in so many places with so many people!); and touch (she gave wonderful bear hugs!). God's gift to her was no suffering. She finished chemo treatments for breast cancer in November. No one knew that it had spread to the brain. Four days before her death, in her thoughtfulness, she mailed us a letter to New Jersey because she knew we would be out there. We read that happy letter of her recent trip to Yuma. We cherish that letter now. Without warning, she felt some severe pain in her head. Two hours later she was gone. Rog and I traveled to California the second week of March to help spread her ashes into the Pacific Ocean from her son's boat. She left behind husband Joe, son Joey (a commercial fisherman in the Santa Cruz area), his wife Raina, granddaughter Lauren, son Glenn, granddaughter Makaila, grandson David. To know Cleola was to love her. She is making lots of smiley faces wherever she may be, I'm sure. May her memory live on through us."  P. Arent



July 24, 1990

Born:  12/30/1938. Married to Frank Tischler.  Bev had 4 daughters.  She was employed part-time as office secretary at the Church of St. Odillia.  She and her husband enjoyed bowling. 



June 8, 2012

Born: 4/24/1938.  Jane is survived by children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.



July 21, 2009

Born: 2/21/1938.  Robert Otto Paul Benz passed away on July 21, 2009.  He resided in California and died from pulmonary disease.   He had this condition when he was in MN for his WHS class 50th reunion.  Bob owned a real estate group (Pacific Real Estate Group) selling and managing buildings.  He was a graduate of St, Thomas University with a Masters Degree in business and also served in the Marine Corps, stationed out of Camp Pendleton, CA.



March 20, 2000

Born: 6/17/1938.  Joy Marlene Bolin Moore Wyatt.  Joy married her first husband on October 4, 1958 who died in 1969. Joy had 3 girls and 1 boy through her first marriage.   Joy married Gerald Wyatt on July 14, 1973.  Joy had a second son through this second marriage.  Joy lived in Austin Texas at the time of death.



May 17, 2003

Born:11/30/1938.  "Bill Budman passed away on May 17, 2003.  He died of Pulmonary Hypertension.  It was a second marriage for both of us and we had been together 28 years.  I, of course, miss him very, very much. "  K. Budman



October 15, 1996

Born: 5/28/1938.  Jacqueline was married to Bruce Flug, WHS class of 1956.  Although they were later divorced, they spent major holidays together with their children.




Born: 1938.  Died before 1/11 2012?



December 1977

Born:12/20/1937.  Bob was a bookkeeper who enjoyed chess, pool, and fishing. He lived in Seattle, WA



July 23, 1994

Born: 12/25/1938.



April 25, 2017

Born: 1938.  Of West St. Paul Passed away in his sleep on April 25, 2017, at the age of 79, after a long battle with cancer. Tom was born in St. Paul and graduated from Wilson High School in 1956. Tom proudly served in the Air Force, and spent the majority of his career with Chicago Northwestern and Union Pacific until his retirement. Preceded in death by parents Fern and Aloysius Diebel.   Tom was extremely grateful for the wonderful and dedicated care he received from Dr. Mark Klein and the staff at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. A special thank you to Sarah Diebel for caring for Tom during his illness. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 29 at 10 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 261 E. 8th St, St. Paul, MN 55101. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling on May 4 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to 2nd Harvest Food Bank, the Animal Humane Society, or the Red Cross. ( St. Paul Pioneer Press) - See more at:



February 24, 2001

Born: 7/17/1938.  Anita Uherka Clingman writes that she ``remembers Carole from grade school and the Camp File activities from grade 5 through 8.  After high school, Carole ventured out to work in Washington D.C. Carole was an administrative assistant to the Deputy Commander for Research and Technology, Naval Electronic Systems Command.  She also traveled to many foreign countries while working for US government organizations including the CIA.  Anita and her husband, Lowell, had visited Carole while Carole was working in WDC.  After Carole retired from government service, she moved to Harlingen, TX.  Anita located Carole before the 40th reunion in 1996 and Carole came to that reunion.  It was Carole`s first HS reunion.  Carole did a lot of needlepoint, had a lot of curios in her apartment, and she was thoughtful and quiet.``



November 12, 2003

Barbara Kelm writes that she received word that Connie (Elledge) Wurmnest died in her home in Canada.  



December 14, 2004

Born: 10/14/1938.  Jim spent 3 years in the US navy after WHS graduation and then was a Quality Control engineer and manager at Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis. Jim went to Scorpion in Crosby, MN in 1972 where he became Scorpion`s Director of marketing.  Jim upgraded the Scorpion`s snowmobile distribution, replacement parts and accessory stocking and sales.  One time, he was brainstorming in the "R&D" center, totally redecorated to permit local sales training and orientation programs.  New carpet and paint and furniture were installed in the room.  All of a sudden, we hear a load motor start up in the area and the double doors flew open and in comes Jim, hanging onto a Flymo lawnmower that floats.  Jim and the mower moved into the new "R&D"  center, eating up the new carpet.  Jim, red faced and still on the mover, stated, "well it worked on grass". In 1983, Jim went to Acrometal in Brainerd to a Quality Control position until 2000.  Jim battled cancer and had suffered from Kidney problems.  He was "active right up to the forever after", writes longtime friend, G. Ramsey.

``I remember Jim with fondness.  We had many classes together and even did a 2 person play on stage together call "If actions could speak".  My

sympathies to his family.`` says Sharonlee (Marstad) Strohkirch



March 7,2008

Born 5/25/1938. Lawrence R. "Larry" Erickson; Beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa & Dear Friend, Age 69 Of White Bear Lake, on March 7, 2008. Preceeded in death by parents, Arthur and Eleanor; sister Marlene; and granddaughter Kaitlyn Hobscheid. Survived by loving and devoted wife, Lorlie; children Dawn (Chris) Vlasin, Cindy (Mark) Hobscheid, Sheri (Kurt) Veenhuis; grandchildren Rebecca Vlasin, Josh Vlasin, Tim (Marta) Hobscheid, Kristin Hobscheid, and Shelby Veenhuis; great grandchild Benjamin Hobscheid; and many relatives and friends. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)



October 11, 1996

Born: 09/07/1937 Vindell Helen Evans transferred from North Charleston High School, North Charleston, SC to start her senior year at WHS.



November 20,2007

Born 9/11/1938.  Bob had a form of bone cancer that was in his back initially.  He was living in Hudson, Wis., but his last month or so was at the Lyngblomsten Home in the Como area. Bob is survived by daughters, Robin and Heidi Feickert; brothers; Harold and Keith Feickert; sister, Barbara Lunn; former spouse, Joan A. Davis; nieces, nephews and friends.



June 3, 1956

Born: 6/24/1938. Bob was found in a car in Hidden falls park on Sunday morning after having been missing since Friday.  I remember his very moving memorial service at Knox Presbyterian Church.



June 17, 2001

Born: 7/14/1938.  Married to classmate, Don Lakin, and last lived in Phelps, MO



March 2013

Born: 1938.  Sharon was married to Richard Sonstegard from Wilson High School class of 1955.  Reported by Colleen LeVasseur Hantho



June 12, 1995

Born: 2/27/1938.  Married to Jacqueline Carey, WHS class of 1956. Although they were later divorced, they spent major holidays together with their children.



October 27, 2015

Born: 8/22/1938.   Tom Foss attended Macalester College and the U of M.  He then served in the Navy. After the Navy, he served for 35 years with the St. Paul Police Department, retiring as a sergeant in 1998. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time at his cabin in Siren, WI.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Donna Champion Foss (Central HS); children, Scott (Ami) Foss, Lynn Foss, Nancy Ritacco and Tommy Foss; grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Grace, Olivia and Tyler Foss, Taylor, Morgan and Mattison Ritacco, Nick, Allie and Bailey Foss. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday Oct. 31 at Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul (visitation 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM). Private family interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Suzanne L.


January 1, 1989

Born: 9/29/1938.  Sue had 4 children.  Sue was married to Ray Johnson and then to Leonard Froyum.



October 24, 2011

Born: 12/2/1938.  Don was living in Cape Coral, FL.



January 7, 1990

Born: 7/10/1937.  Donna had 3 children.  Their father, Roger Rosengren, a Ramsey County Deputy at St. Paul Ramsey, was shot and killed on January 26, 1971.  She married (Trembley) in September 1972.  She had open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement in 1965.

Ruth Ann


April 21, 2005

Born 5/14/1938.  Ruth had been at Shalom Home in St. Paul for about 6 weeks.   Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2004.



February 4, 2006

Born: 1/20/1938.  Ken was in the US Army and US Air Force and was a civilian training coordinator at Fort Snelling.  He also was a policeman for the railroad. Ken retired after 10 years of active military service and 25 years Federal Civil Service. In 1996, he moved to his Rock Lake home North of Pillager.  He had 3 daughters and 1 son.



June 17, 2003

Born: 1/3/1939.  ``Sandra graduated from Hamline University, Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry.  She worked at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park for several years.  She married Louis Kruse and later moved to Sacramento.  She spent many of her last years traveling throughout Europe with her husband Louis.`` by Audrey Keefe Mitchell



February 12, 2009

Born: 10/16/1938.  Survived by sons, Douglas Jr. (Ann), Wesley (Cindy), Keith, Craig (Terri) and Herb; daughter, Tina; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Floyd (Carol) and Richard (Mary).



March 22, 2016

Born: 6/4/1938.  Ray had a love for life and a great sense of humor.  He loved gardening and eagles.  He enjoyed bicycling and coaching women’s softball.  Survived by wife, Janith Geiger Huberty, children Cheryl Huberty, Michele Travers, Raymond Huberty, Margaret Parker, William Huberty , Janith Frederick.



November 28, 1991

Born: 3/6/1938.  Marlene had 3 children.  She enjoyed ceramics, gardening her roses, camping, and was an 8th grade Discovery Club assistant leader.

Mary Lou


October 14, 1958

Born 9/9/1938.  ``Mary Lou lived at 397 Fry when she graduated with us, and worked different jobs around the area for a couple years. She also, as many of us did, worked at the Minnesota State Fair. She worked at a Cotton Candy stand for a few years and while doing that, she met a fellow and left town with him doing carnivals around the country. In October of 1958 she was found in the woods murdered in Jackson, Miss. The man she had been with was arrested in Massachusetts driving her car and was charged with her murder.``  By Richard. Becker   She is at rest at Fort Snelling near her father Bernard Jungbauer.



July 13, 2010

Born: 5/1/1938. Jim was living in Eureka Montana.   Survived by wife, Maggie; sons, James(Melissa), Thomas (Mary), Michael; daughter, Nancy & their mother, Sally; 8 grandchildren; 3 step-daughters, 2 great-step-grandchildren.  (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press; 7/25/2010)



December 24, 1992

Born 2/12/1937.  Mary had 3 children and enjoyed baking, cooking and yard work. Mary Knoche Dragos was living in St. Paul at the time of death.  (Source:




Born: 3/23/1938. 



March 17, 2018

Born: 1938.  Koch, Evelyn L. "Evie" Age 79 of Mounds View on March 17, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Armin and Lucille, and sister, Kay. Survived by many cousins and friends. Evie was a 1956 Wilson H.S. graduate and a 24 year employee of Hoerner Waldorf. Funeral Service 11 am Wednesday, March 21 at United Church of Christ, New Brighton, 1000 Long Lake Road, with visitation beginning at 10 am at the church. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorials preferred to United Church of Christ, New Brighton. Roseville Memorial Chapel 651-631-2727 (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Thomas J.


June 1, 2001

Born 2/11/1938. Tom was registered to be living in Cranford, NJ in Union County.  Source: SSDI




Born 3/24/1938: Karen was married to Aaron Burchell who was a systems engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  They had two children, Jeffrey and Lenore.  Berit Villa Anfinson reports that she was sick for over a year and half with breathing problems.   She lived in Mauston, WI.



March 14, 2003

Born 11/10/1938: Kathie was married to Bob Holmes and had 3 children; Mike, Joy, and John.  She later married Charles (Chuck) Engler.  She lived in Eugene, OR.  Her interests were health and nutrition, Biblical prophecy, reading and studying the ministry.  Source:



July 4, 1979

Born 5/21/1938. Bruce and his wife had 3 sons and together they owned Lindstrand Lager Realty, Inc. and a hair salon in St. Paul.



August 31, 2009

Born 7/3/1938.  Don lived in Copperas Cove, Texas.



May 6, 1987

Born: 10/8/1937.  Dennis` sister Jeanne, Wilson class of 1958, relates that ``Dennis had heart trouble for some years and eventually it took his life at about age fifty.``  He had been living in Wisconsin.



December 26, 2011

Born 8/6/1938: Preceded in death by husband, Larry Hansen; and son, Bob. Mother of Craig of White Bear Lake, Rebecca (Greg) Knoll of White Bear Lake and Dave of Stillwater. Grandmother of Katherine, Anna and Jessica. Sister of Frank Mazacek.  “She made perfect holiday candy and brought us a container of her candy every year on Christmas day.  She was very strong willed in spite of a disability she had with her muscles that progressively got worse in recent years. “, reports Colleen LeVasser Hantho.



April 5, 2007

Born 10/18/1938.  Sandra McAlpine Born died on April 5. She had been ill for an extended time.  We were fortunate she was able to come to the 50th reunion. She had a smile for all.  Survived by husband, Dennis; sons, Tim (Jean) and Steve (Lisa); daughter, Jeanine (Julian) Streit; mother, Marie McAlpine; sister, Sylvia McAlpine; brother, David (Jane) McAlpine. Grandmother of Molly, Matt, Emily, Katie, Josh, Nick, Jesse, Jeremy, Jacob and Joseph.   Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press







April 28, 2005

Born: 4/10/1938.  Lester was living in Arlington, VA working as an architect specializing in remodeling older homes.

Michael (Mike)


January 23, 2018

Born: 1938.   Age 79 of Shoreview He Did It His Way! Died at his home on January 23, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Bernette (Monson) and brother, James. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dolores "Dee"; son, Michael "Mac" (Kathleen); daughter, Michele (Steven Trudeau) Minogue; grandchildren, Anthony and Michael Trudeau; siblings, Daniel and Carole; many nieces and nephews. Mike proudly served in the US Air Force. He owned and operated his own businesses, M&M Hydraulics Co and M&M Rogness Co. from 1974 - 2013. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and riding his Harley. A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from Noon-4PM on Sunday, Jan. 28th at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL Funeral Home, 515 Hwy 96 W, Shoreview. Mike's wishes were to have his body donated to the U of MN Anatomy Bequest Program, therefore a memorial Mass and interment will be scheduled at a later date.





August 24,2017

Born 2/13/1938.   Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Age 79. Thomas Moore, a long-time resident of St. Paul, passed away August 24, 2017, after a long hard battle with health issues. Thomas worked in a variety of fields to include the Carpenter’s Credit Union, Metro Mobility and Target. Thomas was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time with his rescue dogs, hunting and fishing. Thomas is preceded in death by wife Carolyn (Manke) Moore; Father Alexander Moore; Mother Cora (Jahr) Moore; Sister Rose (Moore) Richardson. Survived by children Barbara Snell (Tyrone)  and Robert Moore (Catherine); grandchildren Olivia Snell, Alexandria Snell, Molly Moore and Thomas Moore; sister Jeanette Chermak (Jerome); many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.  (



July 20, 2011

Born: 12/30/1938. ``Frank was struggling with Lou Gehrigs disease for a short period of time before his death.  Frank was only at WHS for his senior year. He had been at St Agnes but because of the OJT program, he came to Wilson. Being in OJT he only went to school half days.  He was working in TV repair for Setchell Carlson till they were bought out, and then he was driving for Tastee Bread.  He did that until about 1973 when he went to Texas and sold farm implements. When he retired in 2001, he was managing a large complex of apartments in the Waco, TX area.  He is survived by his son and one Grandson in Austin.`` says Dick Becker



February 26, 1999

Born 9/21/1938.  Bill was an orthodontist.  He had 4 sons and the family enjoyed swimming, skiing and volleyball.  Bill was also a hockey and baseball coach.



September 23, 2006

Born: 2/28/1938.  Geraldine Norve Rood died in a nursing home in Mission, Texas on Sept. 23rd.  ``She had been in poor health for many years. With multiple heart related problems and then with pneumonia she died.  For a number of years she and her husband had traveled back and forth from Texas to Monticello,MN. They loved spending winters in Texas.  Since 2004 they had remained down there. Her husband died 12-04.`` by Jerry Norve



December 1956

Born: 7/10/1938.  Brian Patrick O’Conner died as the result of a car accident.



September 8, 2008

Born: 9/30/1938.  Preceded in death by daughter, Dawn Larsen. Survived by loving wife, Ramona; daughter, Kim (Jack) Zielinski; sons, Kipper (fiancee Lori Winters), & Brett; grandchildren, Sean, Jesse, Jacob, Rachael, Andria, Jessica, Emmy & Zack; brothers, Bill, & Mike (Josie); son-in-law, Mark Larsen.  (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press)



August 13, 1987

Born: 8/23/1938.  Married to Ficker.



September 15, 2008

Born: 4/19/1938;  Vern grew up in Frogtown district of St. Paul. He lived in the 800 block of Sherburne Ave and attended Drew school graduating in 1952. Vern died of pancreatic cancer in Midland, Michigan.   



January 31, 2004

Born: 1/28/1939



May 10. 2012


Born: 6/7/1938.  .Beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa Great Grandpa and Brother Age 73.



January 4, 2011

Born: 8/5/1938 . ``Wayne Polsfuss passed away on January 4 after a lengthy battle with leukemia and diabetes.  He had cancer for over ten years, yet was able to do most everything he wanted to do over that period of time.`` reports Ken Wenzel



December 20, 2006

Born: 11/7/1938.  Survived by husband, Donald; sons, Scott (Teri), Todd (Tina); grandchildren, Amber, Alex and Andrew; sister, Vivian Steblay; niece, Cathy (Paul) McEnroe; nephews, Nick (Marcia) Steblay, Steven Steblay; many cousins and friends.



March 10, 1985

Born: 1/27/1937




Justine and her husband, Joseph Markuson, had 3 children.  They lived in Clinton, Iowa



April 21, 2016

Born: 7/30/1938. Terance Rossi, age 77, died on April 21, 2016. Preceded in death by son Todd and brother Cliff.
Survived by wife of 59 years, Wendy; daughter Candace (Noel) Wheeler. Terry taught at North St. Paul High School briefly and Stillwater High School for many years and loved his career. He was an outdoorsman who partnered with the state to improve his woodland acreage for wildlife.




Age 77 of St. Paul Died Sunday, April 19. She was raised in Saint Paul by her aunt, Ina Anderson and graduated from Wilson High School. She was preceded in death by 1 infant daughter, Margaret Esteb. Survivors include her 2 daughters, Maureen (Mark Phillips) Esteb and Mary (Timothy) Prescott; 1 foster daughter, Maxine Curran (granddog O'Riley) ; grandchildren, Amanda and Madeline Esteb, Ashley and Cassandra Prescott; 1 brother, John (Nancy) Sammis Sr.




Born: 12/20/1938.  Larry Schultz lived in Centerville and was survived by his wife, Virginia; son, William; daughter, Kristin.  He served in the US Air Force, participating in the B-29 missions over Russia.  He received a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked for Control Data and the US Postal Service.



December 4, 1991

Born: 6/28/1938. Don was a US Drug Enforcement Administration informant.  He was instrumental from 1987 – 1990 in the conviction of five people on drug charges.  He committed suicide after being convicted of methamphetamine charges.



November 5, 2008

Born: 10/9/1938.  ``Received a call from Ingrid Simonson about 5:30 pm today with the sad news that Dick passed away on Wednesday from many complications.  In June, before our 50th reunion, Dick called to say that he had fallen and broke his hip and could not attend.  Following surgery to repair the hip he contracted a staff infection which would not go away, consequently for the past two and a half years he has not only had the original hip break, the staff infection, but also fell on the way to the hospital for a treatment, fell and broke his other hip.  As if that wasn't enough, during the time for treatments of two broken hips he had triple by-pass surgery.  So for the past two plus years, Dick has undergone more health problems than anyone I know.  His passing on Wednesday was officially attributed to heart failure, but I can tell you that he never lost faith in his thoughts of healing, but his struggles were such he could not overcome them.`` by Ken Wenzel



August 31, 1992

Born: 1/6/1938. Bill had 3 children and was worked as a drafting department leader at Univac.

Jack (John)


July 26, 2014

Born: 7/31/1938.  Jack (John Lawrence Skrypec, Jr) was a 40+ year employee at the DNR, retiring as Director of Fisheries.



October 1980

Born: 10/10/1938. Jerry had 2 sons and was married to Donna.  He was interested in flying and scuba diving.  He lived in Fontana, Wisconsin



October 24, 1998

Born: 4/26/1938.  Jim Sundquist`s family was contacted for confirmation of Jim`s status.  Jim lived in California.  His battle with cancer was the cause of his death.

William (Bill)


December 24, 2008

Born: 1/25/1938.  Bill lived in Tulsa, OK,  He was a very serious Lionel train collector. He retired from Thrifty Rental Car.  He was survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, daughter, Patty, and sons, Kirk, Guy, Doug and Garry.



August 24,2015

Born: 8/14/1938.  Age 77 Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 24th 2015 of pancreatic cancer. Survived by his wife, Sandra Louise (Gove) Thorn, 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 1/2 great-grandchildren. Jim attended Drew School and after graduation from Wilson, joined the Army serving in Germany for two years.  Jim spent most of his working career as a produce manager for several stores, his last at Bob's Produce Ranch.  He was retired and was living the good life.  His closing comment in the reunion book.....LIFE IS GOOD!  



October 15, 1985

Born: 12/30/1938. Janet was married to James Murphy, had 3 sons, and was an active volunteer for PTA and other organizations.







May 26,2017

Born: 1938. Anita was married to Lowell Clingman who had died in December of 2016. Anita was diagnosed with cancer shortly after Lowell’s death.  Anita taught in WILSON after it was converted to a Junior High School.  She worked in WHS reunion committes and maintained records of reunion pictures along with Pat Fuller Arent.

Alan J.


April 28, 1965

Born: 10/1/1938.




Born: 2/9/1938.



March 14, 2008

Born: 1/21/1938.   Bernie was living in Truth or Consequences, NM.  He had two children; a girl, Lori, living in Houston, TX and a son, Wayne, living in Oakdale, MN.  He had a memorial service on Sunday, April 3, 2008 at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. ``Bernie had just received an ok health report from his doctor.  Bernie`s son, Wayne, reported the cause of death was a heart attack. `` says Frank Muellegger.   Bernie had weekly contact with Frank for the past several years.







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