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Career and Personal Updates


Sandy MacLean ‘56 BA was selected as the “2020 Outstanding Faculty Retiree” for the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He had served twice as treasurer, twice as a member of the Board of Directors, and a two-year term as president.

Webb Coates ‘72 BS has retired after 40 years in management with the Polymer Group. He states that he and his family have taken many trips back to NMU and Upper Michigan over the years. Now, he’s enjoying playing golf and vacationing with his eight grandkids in retirement.

Maryka Biaggio ’73 BS has recently published her third novel, The Point of Vanishing, with Milford House Press. It is a historical novel based on the true story of child prodigy writer Barbara Follett, who disappeared in 1939 at the age of twenty-five. To this day her disappearance remains a mystery.

Gary Bertoline ‘74 BS has been appointed as senior vice president for Purdue Online and learning innovation. He also serves as dean of Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Julius “Jules” Kuperberg ‘75 BS has retired as executive director of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. He resides in Florida.

James Mullinax ‘76 BS ‘80 MAE is a retired professor of graphic design at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wis. He previously worked as an art teacher and an art director at an award-winning ad agency. He and his wife, Linda, have two children and six grandchildren. In his retirement he enjoys drawing, painting, playing music on bass guitars, kayaking, biking, attending grandkids’ school events, reading sci-fi books and watching the Packers and Brewers. He also keeps up with NMU sports.

Elizabeth Browning ‘78 BSN retired from nursing in March. She resides in Grayling, Mich.

Kim A. Duchane ‘78 BS retired from Manchester University, Ind., where he prepared young professionals to teach students health and physical education. During his 40-year career, Kim taught and coached in Munising, Sault Ste. Marie, Houston, Tex., and North Manchester, Ind. He was honored with the Legacy Award from the Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators.

Nikki Nanos ‘78 BS has joined the National Speakers Association and has found her place speaking on and practicing mindfulness. Prior to public speaking, Nikki worked in various roles in film, TV and theater.

Paul Bechtold ‘78 BS has recently retired from the City of Woodstock, Ga. He started in 2000 in the Parks and Rec Department and most recently has been the manager at the wastewater plant.

Richard Bohnsack ‘78 MA first retired from the Air Force in 1988 and then retired from working in the quality assurance industry in 2011. He also built and flew his own airplane, an RV-7. His newest hobby is foreign travel, with 39 countries and counting.

John Pickard ‘81 BS, ‘05 BSW was elected Upper Peninsula 5th Zone Commander of the Sons of the American Legion. John is a 45-year member and past Commander of S.A.L. Squadron #71 of the August Mattson American Legion of Gladstone, Mich.

Denise (McMillan) van den Bossche ‘82 BS has had a 35+ year career in Phoenix-Scottsdale real estate, in commercial and residential sales. She recently received recognition as a Top 10 realty executive. Denise wrote, “I cherish the four years spent in Marquette, and enjoy welcoming visiting alumni to our amazing Valley of the Sun.” She is currently enrolled in Biola University’s Christian Apologetics program.

Lloyd Fowler Jr. ‘82 BS has retired from civil service.

Michael Flanigan ’83 BS has been named associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives and Project Management in the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to his NMU degree, he has a master’s in computer information systems and doctorate in educational leadership. Mike is also very active in higher education on local and national levels.

Douglas R. Bolasky ’83 MME is the 2021 recipient of the James R. Stewart Distinguished Service award from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for his contributions to the organization over the course of more than three decades, including hosting five orchestra festivals, serving two terms as district president and member of the State Board and editor of their journal.

Regina Palis ’85 BS is currently working on her doctorate in Organizational Leadership. She previously taught English as a second language in both Norway and Japan. She spends her free time enjoying cross country skiing, running, and Ironman competitions.

Michael Sherzer ’85 BS retired for the second time. In 2010, he retired from the Battle Creek Police Department after serving 25 years, and in 2020 as an associate professor from Olivet College. Mike also served as a City Commissioner of Battle Creek from 2013-17. He met Ann (Oswald) ’86 at NMU and they have been married 36 years. They reside in the Ann Arbor area.

Thomas Giachino ’86 BS has retired from the Luxemburg-Casco School District after a rewarding 34-year career as a special education teacher, advisor and coach. He and his wife, Barbara, married for 33 years, welcomed their first grandchild this year.

Ralph Emlong ’86 BS is an enterprise customer leader at Cargill. He resides in Mooreville, N.C.

Tom Jayne ’86 BS, ’94 MAE has joined Harris State Wide Real Estate in Iron Mountain. He retired from education in 2018 after serving three different Upper Peninsula school districts over a 32-year period, the last 15 years as a superintendent of schools.

L. Michael Angeli ’87 BS has retired after a 45-year long career with the city of Marquette. He was appointed as the Marquette City Manager on October 13, 2015. Mike began his career with the city in 1976 as a police officer and obtained the rank of chief of police in 2008. Prior to becoming the chief, he was a patrol officer for ten years and then spent the next 29 years in the Detective Bureau, obtaining the rank of detective captain.

Larry Lemerand ’87 BS recently retired from working as a law clerk for a district court judge at the 52-1 District Court in Novi. Previous to that, in 2012, he retired from the Novi Police Department after 25 years of service. He was a training officer for 22 years and worked undercover narcotics for three years.

Steven D. Larson, CPA ’90 BS is retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 23 years as a special agent. During his career he was assigned to the Milwaukee Division, Anchorage Division and the Detroit Division along with numerous temporary duty assignments throughout the country. Prior to joining the FBI, he worked for five years as a Certified Public Accountant. He is looking forward to the next chapter of life, and spending more time with his wife of 24 years, Beth, traveling and exploring the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Michael Jurmu ’91 BS was recently elected chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Brent Madalinski ’91 BS is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award at Bay College (Mich.). He was also selected in 2012 and 2016.

Dale Moilanen ’91 BS ran a 60K race in May. He set out to raise $600 to support the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House by asking his friends to donate $60 each to the cause in honor of his 60th birthday.  He ended up raising nearly $6,000 for the facility.

Heidi Zarka ’92 BS has retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections as a probation agent. She resides in Chesterfield, Mich.

Aaron Roiko ’93 BS has been hired as interim principal of Aberdeen High School in Washington, where has been the assistant principal since 2020.

Michelle Knauf ’93 AT ’95 BS is working as a senior consultant for Beckman Coulter, a medical diagnostics company.

Kevin Coleman ’95 BS has been accepted into The George Washington University, College of Medicine and Health program for a doctorate in health science. Also, he was recently promoted at ECPI University-Raleigh as the director of clinical development and assistant director of nursing for the Licensed Practical Nursing program.

Pepsi Jacobs ’96 BS has been busy caring for her three children and her three step children.  She and her family reside in Gwinn.

Peter Langley ’97 BS, recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a senior attorney in the firm’s Lansing office. A member of the firm’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group, he also assists clients as a member of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources Group. He is the former deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekof.

Hailey Williams ’98 CER was selected as Bay College’s (Mich.) 2021 Outstanding Graduate for the Allied Health Division.

Jarrod Erpelding ’99 BS was recently named global business communications director for Carbon and Circularity at Dow, based in Midland, Mich.

Beth (Rondeau) Beacon ’00 MAE has published her first book, Seven Doors In. The book details her experiences teaching in a maximum security prison. A feature film inspired by Beth’s book is currently in development.

Stephanie DePetro ’03 BS, ’07 MS, ’11 BSN  was appointed to the Michigan Board of Nursing by Governor Whitmer. She is a registered nurse with UP Health System.

George Jackson ’03 BS has accepted a position at Oakland University as assistant director of Foundation Relations, in the University Advancement Division. He lives in Rochester, Mich.

Jim Rautiola ’03 BS, ’09 MAE has been elected superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate School District. He has experience working with the Hancock and Lake Linden districts, and Stanton Township.

Joshua Saaranen ’04 CERT has been appointed as Houghton County sheriff. He had been working as a detective lieutenant for the department.

Jamie Wilms ’04 BA is working as executive director of the Lowry Foundation. She resides in Denver, Colo.

Chris Alpers ’06 BS has been named a new chair to lead USApple Association’s board of directors. A third-generation grower, Alpers is the operations manager of RedPath Orchards and Alpers Farms and a partner in Alpers Tree Sales in Lake Leelanau, Mich., where he grows apples, as well as sweet and tart cherries. Alpers also serves on the boards of the Michigan Apple Committee, the West Central Michigan Research Station, the Leland Township Board of Review, and the Michigan State Horticulture Society, where he is research chair.

Kathryn Wilson ’06 BS is teaching 5th grade at Unity Grove Elementary in Georgia. Kathryn has twice been named Teacher of the Year and was appointed to the Georgia State Superintendent Teacher Advisory Committee. She and her husband, Nick, have two sons, Lucas and Lincoln.   

Jillian Sheehan-Weinell ’06 is working as a litigation paralegal in Chicago. She and her husband, John, are enjoying raising their three children.

Sean Curtis Patrick ’06 BS won an Emmy award (Director - Long Form Content) for his documentary series “The New North Pole of the Winds,” which was filmed in Greenland in 2019. It is available to watch on YouTube.

Cara Jo (Miller) Knapp ’07 BFA started her own business in 2019, Knapp Design Co. Cara and her husband, Keith, reside in Denver, Colo.

Trevor Zamborsky ’07 BS has joined Plunkett Cooney as an attorney in the Transportation Law division. He was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in civil litigation for several years.

Lindsey Goss ’08 BA is an orderbook specialist in the commercial account operations team for Adidas, based in their North American headquarters in Portland, Ore. Lindsey enjoys spending as much time as she can outdoors, hiking and camping with her husband. She is also a member of the Evergreen Curling Club, representing Oregon in competitive curling tournaments.

Jesse Nye ’09 BS has established a medical device manufacturing company named Mount Mfg. Eric Lintula ’08 BS is CEO of the company. Both are graduates of NMU’s mechanical engineering technology program.

Ashley Henlon ’10 BA has been promoted to marketing manager at Colliers South Carolina.  She works in the firm’s Spartanburg office.

Danielle Hernandez ’10 BS recently transitioned to a new career, from a molecular science liaison at Caris Life Sciences, to a regional medical affairs director at Mirati Therapeutics, supporting the Midwest.

Jessica Parker’s ’10 BA book of poems has won Dynamo Verlag’s 2020 inaugural book contest. The poems in Star Things are all freeform and have many references to the Upper Peninsula.

Francis Wegman-Lawless ’10 BS is working as a special education teacher in Kodiak, Alaska.

Christopher Richards ’11 BS has joined Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC. He is an experienced real estate development legal counselor and leasing manager.

Elaine Brushafer ’12 BS has joined Independence of the Seas, via Royal Caribbean Cruises, to work on production shows as the company restarts sailings. She works with the ship’s bands and backstage as a costume dresser.

Micah Grant-Tomlinson’12 BS and his wife, Keeka, recently hiked the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the Manna Food Bank in western North Carolina. The couple raised nearly $32,000.

Kelly Shaheen ’12 BS has moved into the educational technology space, after five years of teaching elementary education. She now works for the leading learning management software company, Instructure. As a manager of K-12 Enterprise Customer Success, she connects with educators around the U.S. as they leverage Canvas for their K-12 blended learning instruction.

Cassandra Hastings ’14 BS has recently accepted a position as the chief resident of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona-Tucson.

Remington Rice ’14 BS, ’16 MS is serving as a community behavioral health educator for Michigan State University Extension. He conducts farm stress outreach statewide, as agricultural professionals and their families face unique stressors and mental health challenges because of their work.

Luke Counterman ’15 BA has graduated from Yale with a master of medical science degree and became certified as a Physician Assistant, PA-C.

Elizabeth Arnquist ’15 BS has just completed her first year as the special education teacher at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

Samantha Sharpe ’15 BSN graduated from University of Michigan in May with a master’s in nursing with focus in nurse midwifery. She is working as a midwife at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.

Lari Wendt ’16 BFA is working as a performance capture animator on Season 2 of Amazon’s series “Undone” and the Netflix feature film “Apollo 10 1/2”, to be released in the upcoming year.

Rebecca Michael ’17 BSN works at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City as a medical-surgical nurse.

Curtis St. Louis ’17 BS is a trooper for the Michigan State Police. He recently transferred to the Houghton Lake Post from Gladstone. He credits his family for encouraging him to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Zachary Hautala ’17 BS is the new economic director at the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance in Iron River, Mich.

Kendall Plapp ’18 BA has joined HarperCollins Children’s Books as a marketing designer in April. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Ella Miller ’18 BS works at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a development coordinator.

Madison Eazsol ’20 BFA is a marketing coordinator for TEAM wireless in Marquette.



Brian C. Manderfield, National Vice President, Government Relations for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is actually an ’88 graduate.

Margaret Whitman ’47 AS passed away in February 2021 in Marquette, Mich.


Marriages & Births


Troy Morris ’16 BS and Jenna Allen married on Sept. 25, 2021, officiated by Troy’s sister, Morgan (Morris) Sanderson ’10 BS. The beachfront wedding in Florida was attended by a small gathering of family and friends, with both sides having loving guests from NMU and Marquette.

Molly Smith ’17 BS, ’20 MS and Stephen Luty ’15 BS were married on Aug. 7, 2021. 

Vanessa Buyarski ’20 BS and Noah Herington ’20 BS got married at NMU on June 20, 2021.

Alyssa D. Gray ’18 BS and Miranda J. Conroy were married Oct. 31, 2020 in Marquette, Mich. 

Carley (Dole) Challender ’18 BS and her husband, Joshua, were married on the shore of Lake Superior and moved to the other side of Gitchi Gummi to Duluth, Minn. in 2020. Carley has started her own small business, Open Mind and Designs, serving small businesses, farmers, and non-profit organizations. The couple has begun The Raw & Rural Creative Project, which provides graphic design services with sustainability and healthy living in mind. They spend their free time on backpacking trips, serving on the State of Minnesota Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee, and building a tiny home. 

Kylie ’11 BS and Lee Bunting welcomed Harlow in July 2021.

Robert ’11 BS and Emily McDonald welcomed Margaret in March 2021.

Ashley McGrath ’14 BA welcomed Kaylee in Sept. 2020.

Rachel ’18 BS and Christopher Thorn welcomed Jonah in Aug. 2021.

In Memoriam


Alica “Alice” Mottillo ’47 AS, Sept. 20, 2021, Riverview, Mich.

Helmi Bakka Stevens Lepisto ’49 CER, Nov. 4, 2020, Rock, Mich.

Oiva Arne Moilanen ’50 BS, May 30, 2021, Lakeland, Fla.

Mel Vaara ’55 BS, Aug. 26, 2021, Clarkston, Mich.

Martin Kopenski ’56 BS, retired biology professor emeritus, Aug. 25, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Ronald Koski ’58 BS, June 13, 2021, Sun Prairie, Wis.

James Lombard ’58 BS, NMU Foundation Trustee, May 6, 2021, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Douglas Moreau ’58 BS, Aug, 10, 2020, Eaton Rapids, Mich.

William Maki ’58 BS, ’61 MA, April 1, 2021, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Brodie Curtis Westen ’58 BS, July 29, 2021, Macomb, Ill.

Margaret Bureau ’59 ED, Sept. 23, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

John Lindholm ’59 BA, ’65 MA, former NMU supervisor of student teachers, Sept. 11, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Lynette Rivard ’59 BS, Aug. 25, 2021, Draper, Utah.

Michael Goyette ’60 BA, July 2, 2021, Muskegon, Mich.

William Green III ’60 BA, June 1, 2021, Rothschild, Wis.

Roger “Budd” Tompkins ’60 BS, Aug. 30, 2020, Traverse City, Mich.

William Carr ’61 BA, July 12, 2021, Sunrise, Fla.

Thomas Jubeck ’61 BS, April 5, 2021, Milwaukee, Wis.

Jon Kytta ’61 BS, April 19, 2021, Menominee, Mich.

Shirley Kytta ’62 BS, May 21, 2021, Negaunee, Mich.

Jane Mangrum ’62 BS, March 17, 2020, Pinecrest, Fla.

Wayne Sickler ’62 BS, Aug. 23, 2021, Hubbell, Mich.

William Hayes ’63 BS, Oct. 2, 2021, Gladstone, Mich.

Ernest Kaven ’64 BA, ’68 MA, Sept. 3, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Gladys Picard ’64 BS, ’67 MA, May 13, 2021, Norway, Mich.

Betty Schaffner ’64 BS, March 3, 2021, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Fredrick Anutta ’65 BS, Dec. 3, 2020, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Harriet “Jean” Annuta ’65 BS, April 6, 2021, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Kenneth Bureau ’65 BS, May 18, 2021, Edina, Minn.

Russell “Jack” Campbell ’65 MA, Nov. 19, 2020, Kingsford, Mich.

Wayne Kubick ’65 MA, Aug. 6, 2021, Rosendale, Wis.

Ann Markell ’65 BA, Sept. 30, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

William Olson ’65 BS, Aug. 23, 2021, Iron River, Mich.

Robert J. Picard ’65 BSA, ’79 MAE, April 4, 2021, Menominee, Mich.

Walter Wurst ’65 BS, April 28, 2021, Saline, Mich.

Elizabeth Zenti ’65 BS, ’88 MAE, Feb. 17, 2021, Gwinn.

Diana DeBoer ’66 LPN, April 28, 2021, Lansing, Mich.

Paul Polkinghorne ’66 BS, ’74 MAE, July 1, 2021, Wausau, Wis.

Arnold Sambel ’66 BS, April 11, 2021, San Rafael, Calif.

Dennis DeMerse ’67 BS, Aug. 1, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

James Hermans ’67 BS, September 6, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Michael Cardoni ’68 BA, March 10, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Deborah Davis-Heintz ’68 BS, April 2, 2020, Lancaster, Calif.

Bernard Gestel ’68 BS, Jan. 10, 2021, Grand Marais, Minn.

John Douglas Hansen ’68 BS, Feb. 16, 2021, Milford, Mich.

Henry L. Kelly ’68 BS, April 6, 2021, Spring Lake, Mich.

Charles Peterson ’68 BS, April 30, 2021, Gladstone, Mich.

Ruth McFarland ’69 BA, Jan. 5, 2020, Sturgis, S.D.

Donna McHugh ’69 BS, Oct. 1, 2021, Quinnesec, Mich.

Janet Nellis Mendler ’69 BS, April 26, 2021, South Lyon, Mich.

Merry Dalrymple ’70 MAE, April 14, 2021, Sheboygan, Wis.

Harry Nelson ’70 BS, May 24, 2021, Cornell, Mich.

Karen Waencke ’70 BA, April 17, 2021, Wauseon, Ohio.

Richard “Duff” Meyer ’71 BS, Sept. 17, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Robert Miller ’71 BS, April 7, 2021, Denton, Texas.

Bruce Howell ’72 BS, August 13, 2021, Village of Mesick, Mich.

Peter Plummer ’72 BS, Nov. 30, 2020, Hickory Corners, Mich.

Charles Rewald ’72 BS, May 7, 2021, Boyne City, Mich.

Stephen Schram ’72 BS, August 2, 2021, Gladstone, Mich.

Kathryn “Katie” Jacobsen ’73 BS, April 19, 2021, Gladstone, Mich.

Paula McDonald ’73 BS, April 26, 2021, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jean Pike ’73 BA, Aug. 12, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Patrick Fitzgibbon ’74 BS, June 14, 2021, Traverse City, Mich.

Gary Rautio ’75 BS, Sept. 18, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Kenneth Seablom ’75 BS, Aug. 16, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich.

Leon Jacques ’76 MAE, June 4, 2021, De Pere, Wis.

Patricia Nagel ’76 BS, July 30, 2021, Valparaiso, Ind.

Diane Norbury ’76 MA, Jan. 5, 2020, Muskegon, Mich.

Pamela Stotz ’78 BS, March 26, 2020, Chesterfield, Mich.

Gerald Ely ’79 AT, former NMU senior electronics maintenance engineer, May 23, 2021, Negaunee, Mich.

Lynn Loper ’79 BS, April 27, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Donna Wheaton ’79 BSN, May 9, 2019, Fallbrook, Calif.

Michelle Miller ’81 BSN, Aug. 27, 2021, Ironwood, Mich.

Linda Sheppard ’81 BSN, Sept. 9, 2021, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Sonya Freeman-Linna ’82 BS, Sept. 29, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Gary Neubauer ’82 BS, Aug. 24, 2021, Nome, Alaska.

Kathryn Oien ’82 MAE, Sept. 15, 2021, Mohawk, Mich.

Richard Stephenson ’83 BS, April 28, 2021, Scio Township, Mich.

Lois Olmstead ’86 BSN, Sept. 21, 2021, Arnold, Mich.

Alice Viau ’87 BS, Sept. 26, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Gary Bonenfant ’88 BS, April 18, 2021, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Viola Heikkinen ’88 BS, July 30, 2021, Cheboygan, Mich.

Curtis Koski ’88 BS, July 5, 2021, Green Bay, Wis.

Shirley Mannila ’88 CER, May 22, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich.

Richard “Woodsie” Koski Jr. ’89 BS, Sept. 30, 2021, Chatham, Mich.

John Mans ’89 BS, ’15 MAE, Sept. 25, 2021, Menominee, Mich.

Dan Schroder ’89 BS, Sept.11, 2021, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

Ann Hatle-Moraska ’91 BSN, Aug. 19, 2021, Spread Eagle, Wis.

Gerald McIntyre ’91 MA, May 25, 2021, Kingsford, Mich.

Kevin Brys ’93 BS, March 19, 2021, Onsted, Mich.

Christopher Luzi ’94 BS, Aug. 1, 2021, Lapeer, Mich.

Michael Schweigert ’94 BS, July 31, 2021, Circle Pines, Minn.

Myles Pearson ’97 BS, Aug. 13, 2021, Bozeman, Mont.

Patrick Parker ’98 BS, Aug. 8, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Thomas Flanigan ’99 BS, April 27, 2021, Toledo, Ohio.

Holly Dragon ’03 MAE, April 20, 2021, Belle Isle, Fla.

Mary Jane Helton ’04 MA, Aug. 9, 2021, Gaithersburg, Md.

Brian Kemppainen ’04 BS, Aug. 21, 2021, Charlotte, N.C.

Travis Malinowski ’05 AAS, June 10, 2021, Wausau, Wis.

Michael Berquist ’06 BS, Aug. 20, 2021, Gwinn, Mich.

Brett Harriman ’09 AAS, July 21, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Candice Rajala ’12 BS, ’15 BS, June 19, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Jared Hayward ’14 AAS, May 3, 2021, Lakewood, Colo.

In Memoriam: Friends


Rodney Aldrich, former NMU College of Business professor, July 8, 2021, Matlacha, Fla.

Nancy Borg, retired NMU housekeeper, May 2, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Dr. William R. Buccalo, former NMU communications professor, Oct. 1, 2021, Troy, Mich.

Virginia Bureau, friend of NMU, June 24, 2021, Fridley, Minn.

Stanley Cahill, former NMU Quad II Dean of Students, Oct. 16, 2020, Salem, Mass.

Tom Donckers, NMU building and grounds attendant, Sept. 8, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Carl Hammerstrom Jr., friend of NMU, April 20, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Miriam Hilton, friend of NMU, Oct. 2, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Shirley LaBonte, friend of NMU, Sept. 13, 2021, Little Lake, Mich.

Frederick Margrif, NMU 1991 Distinguished Faculty Award winner and College of Business professor, Sept. 22, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Elsie “Vi” Rasanen, retired accounts payable coordinator, April 14, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Kyle Rowsey, Aug. 2, 2021, former NMU psychology professor, Grove City, Ohio.

Marion (Longyear) Sonderegger, friend of NMU, May 24, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Paul Specker, friend of NMU, March 1, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Buck Nystrom


Carl “Buck” Nystrom died September 25, 2021, in Marquette, Mich., at age 88. He was a legendary coach at NMU for nearly 10 years. The Marquette native and high school football standout was the MVP and captain of Michigan State’s 1956 Rose Bowl title team. In his 38-year coaching career, he was also a football coach at Colorado, North Dakota State and Oklahoma. He has been inducted into the NMU, U.P., North Dakota State and Michigan State University Sports Halls of Fame. With the Wildcats he was an assistant coach in 1975, the year NMU won the NCAA Division II national championship. He also was a part of national championships at North Dakota State in 1965 and Oklahoma in 1968. His son, Kyle Nystrom, is in his fourth season as head coach of the Wildcats football team. Buck Nystrom ran his Coach Buck’s Football Camp well into his 80s. He was also involved in Special Olympics, the March of Dimes and several other charitable organizations. Read an interview of Buck with Dr. Russ Magnaghi from 2013 at nmu.edu/northernmagazine/keepingtrack.