Lincoln High School
Class of 1953
Class Bios
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The following bios have either been submitted for specific inclusion on this webpage by our classmates or they have been gleaned from classmate submittals for the 50-year reunion Memory Book. If no bio information is shown for you, please send your contribution to the Webmaster. Please also feel free to send corrections, updates, photos or additional bio information.

Walter (Pete) KIND

Highlights since high school: graduated U of W with teaching degree but joined (and later managed) F&N Window Display Dept. for 29 years. Renovated old houses for a while and retired. Lois and I started "Kind Stitchworks" and are having fun designing cross stitch patterns for tourist and craft industries.

Favorite pastimes: finding and restoring antique toys, furniture, etc.

Irene KLAVE Helm

Highlights since high school: three children, eight grandchildren. One great grandson on the way. I moved to California. I had my own casino business for nonprofit organization and corporation for 22 years.

Favorite pastimes: oil painting and travel.


Highlights since high school: living this damn long and retiring in mid 40s.

Favorite pastimes: motor homing and losing at poker around the country..


Highlights since high school: we are still enjoying friends that were made at Lincoln more than 50 years ago. The four years at Lincoln was the start of many new trends: rock & Roll music, drive-in movies, hot cars, the building boom, draft, good looking girls, submarine races, TV. Then honesty and a person's integrity only took a handshake! It was a fun time! Now we have AIDS, suicide bombers, crack cocaine, wars all over the TV and newspapers. It would be nice to go back to a quieter time!

Favorite pastimes: raising dahlias; travel (one of our daughters is a stewardess and we sure like these passes)

Faye LEE Lermond

Highlights since high school: becoming a grandma - for the first time being able to travel.

Favorite pastimes: boating, traveling, gardening, sewing and garage sales.

Diane LINNEMAN Bicknell

Married to husband Bud for 46 years (in 2003). For 25 years we have both been actively involved with the Lincoln High School Reunion Committee 'Class of 1953'. Children: Greg, Doug, Freddie and Debbie (twins) and five grandsons. Cats Kali & Daisy. All our family members live nearby. Working Years: Diane retired after working for State Employment Security and the Seattle School District for a total of 20 years. While working in the schools she met many fellow classmates from Lincoln. Bud worked in the tire business, had own shop and in construction. Retirement: We moved from our large Northgate area family home to a Senior Mobile Home Park "Wandering Creek". It is a gated community with a lake, streams, walking paths, ducks & quail. We are both actively involved in many facets of the community. Favorite Pastimes: Traveling by bus to Artic Circle or cruising many times with Holland American Lines, we love to travel. Enjoy meeting new people and getting together with new and life long friends. Friends are like a good wine - the older they are, the better!

Marlene LOFTHUS Willard

Highlights since high school: first of all we are so very proud of our wonderful children and our grandchildren - three already in college and one entering high school. Also we're very pleased that we were able to fulfill our retirement dream of spending our winters doing one of our favorite pastimes - playing golf in Arizona at our second home.

Favorite pastimes: enjoying retirement - golfing, traveling - friend and family get-togethers. Watching Mariner games.

Marilyn LONG Ahnemiller

Highlights since high school: building and spending time at our cabin at Lake Cushman. Being a Girl Scout leader, mother and grandmother. Lived in Lake Forest Park for 40 years. Now live in Edmonds. Bruce and I retired from the Boeing Company in 1994. (Have not missed it a minute!) I enjoy creating new quilts and quilting with my friends.

Favorite pastimes: quilting, genealogy, spending time with family.


Highlights since high school: Ten years football - Seattle Ramblers and Seattle Cavaliers.

Favorite pastimes: watching Seahawks and Mariners.

Dean (Dion) MASTERS

Highlights since high school: South Pacific Air Rescue for four years with the U.S. Coast Guard. Seattle Pacific University. Being with the same sweetheart for more than 50 years. Having three sons. Loved teaching physical education for 35 years. Retired and active in Arizona. My wife Ursula graduated at Lichtenstein, Germany.

Favorite pastimes: mountaineering (climbing and hiking), traveling and touring.

Dolores MERRIMAN Bondietti

Highlights since high school: Secretary, Pioneer Sand and Gravel. Owned apartments with husband in Oakland, California. Moved to Petaluma, California in 1972. Medical assistant for pediatrician for 25 years. Charter member of CMAA. President in 1991, Traveling now and enjoying retirement.

Favorite pastimes: spending time with friends, collecting cookbooks, painting porcelain dolls, sewing (machine and embroidery).


Highlights since high school: a temporary job in Alaska that has lasted 40 years (in 2003).

Favorite pastimes: reading, fishing and hiking.

Barbara NELSON Cheek

Lee Roy Cheek and I married in 1961 after he did his army tour and I earned my teaching degree from Pacific Lutheran. My career includes (1) teaching junior high/high school students in Edmonds, Clover Park, Idaho and Oregon (2) Professor of English degree (U.W. Boise State) (3) teaching at Treasure Valley College in Oregon, and Pierce college in Lakewood and Puyallup. Lee and I put 3 sons through PLU and we have 6 grandchildren. (4) I have sung in Sweet Adelines 13 years, am a Stephen Minister and also a unit leader with Avon. I still see classmate friends from Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Georgene NELSON Birchard

Highlights since high school: my three great children and eight wonderful grandchildren. My wonderful husband of 20 years (in 2003). Enjoying the beauty of Arizona and our motorcycle travels. Our seven-day river raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Our cat Daphne.

Favorite pastimes: golf, motorcycle riding, reading and seeking new adventures.


Highlights since high school: lived in Colorado for 20 years where I met my wonderful wife of more than 40 years, highlighted with having wonderful children and grandkids. Enjoyed being able to serve our community as a Port Commissioner.

Favorite pastimes: boating, reading and travel.

Jo-Anne OBENHOFER Preston

Highlights since high school: a happy marriage, a wonderful family and our fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2003.

Favorite pastimes: gambling and traveling.

Joanne ODEN Knutson

After graduation, I attended Washington State University (College, then) for a year, then ran out of money and went to work at SeaFirst bank. I have worked mostly in retail, including clothing and groceries, and finally 18 years as a Realtor with Windermere. Met my husband at the Sammamish Slough races in 1955, and we were married three months later. We lived in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell and ended up in LaConner, where I still live. We had three great kids, two girls and one boy, and three grandchildren. We traveled the West (by boat and RV), and made several trips to Hawaii. My husband passed away suddenly in January of 2004. Since then I have traveled to Egypt, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia. I have a 30-foot motorhome which I drive. When I am not golfing, painting, or traveling, I am gardening or taking care of maintenance at home. Keeps one busy!

Anne ODION Roberson

Highlights since high school: marriage, divorce, two children (during marriage). College: Washington State, U of W, Western Washington and finally a Masters at Antioch University. Enjoying my children and appreciating them a lot! Loved my work as a psychotherapist and for the Peace Corps. Remarried 1996!

Favorite pastimes: boating, dancing, travel, skiing and reading.

Joy OLSEN Mickelson

Highlights since high school: visited Norway in 1956 to meet my aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. I also got married that year to Forrest Mickelson (from Ballard) and we celebrated our 50th in 2007. Have two children and four grandchildren. Have lived in Des Moines, WA since 1957 (same house). Worked 21 years for PACCAR Inc.

Favorite pastimes: knitting, gardening and reading.


Highlights since high school: being married for 49 years (in 2003); having a son and a daughter and five super grandchildren. My career in international trade; traveling the world and now retirement.

Favorite pastimes: seeing the U.S. in our motor coach.

Janet OLSON Bradford

My husband and I are still farming. We are involved in a car club and attend several car shows a year. We have a school bus yellow 36 Ford pickup that took Pete about six years to get it where it is now. It has won several awards. It is what we call a street rod. There are car shows almost every weekend in the spring and summer. We have several that we attend every year. All of the people in the car club drive the cars to the events. Pete is working on a 38 Ford convertible now. We spend time at our second home in Ashland, Oregon. It is a nice getaway. We have 36 acres that overlook downtown Ashland. Our four children live close, so we see them quite often. Our oldest grandchild, a girl graduated from high school this year. We have a grandson who will be a junior, a granddaughter who will be a sophomore, then a grandson who turned 2 in April, with a brother or sister to arrive in July around the 20th, that is why I will not be at the reunion. Plus we sell fresh market watermelons and I need to be here during that time. Along with farming, car shows, trips to Ashland, and our children we keep very busy. I still have time to play bridge and attend Broadway plays. Haven't golfed for a while, but still a member of the Arbuckle Golf Club.


Highlights since high school: I have worked for others, had my own business, lived in interesting places, traveled to other countries, but all that cannot compare to the people I've met and the lasting friendships I've made. I have been touched by many children besides my own and that has fortified my life.

Favorite pastimes: family, friends, quilting, gardening, traveling and watching my hair turn gray.

Phyllis PAPPE Skaugrud

Highlights since high school: children, career, living on South Whidbey Island on my four acres, gardening and local volunteering. Beautiful place to live, many good people.

Favorite pastimes: being with family and friends.

Kay PECK Bartlett

Highlights since high school: raising a family, moving to Skagit County in 1969, working 22 years as an elementary school secretary, traveling, managing to stay healthy and married to a good person.

Favorite pastimes: keeping fit, gardening and reading.

Clinton PELTO

Favorite pastimes: hiking, outdoor photography and fishing.

Barbara PERSON Scott

Highlights since high school: graduated from the U of W with a BA in Business. Met and married an orthodontic student there and moved to Arizona. Divorced 21 years later and entered Arizona State as a piano major. Married Vern in 1986. Retired and now love to travel. I play the piano at Mayo Clinic twice a week and have other piano jobs. Our grandchildren live in Tucson and Las Vegas so we travel a lot!

Favorite pastimes: piano, quilting, painting and travel by car.

Lois PETERSON Eastman

Highlights since high school: being married to Joe for 46 years (in 2003) and raising our three children, having six wonderful grandchildren, traveling with Joe to England, Russia, Germany via Rhine cruise and cruises through Panama Canal and to Alaska. And finally, reaching 10,500 miles in my walking/running program. Still at it!

Favorite pastimes: reading, travel, music and physical fitness.

Barbara PLENGE Hill

Highlights since high school: raising three children and enjoying them and their families; watching their achievements and our move to Idaho and Arizona.

Favorite pastimes: bridge, cooking, grandchildren and family.

Phyllis RADKA King

Highlights since high school: becoming a mother, a teacher and a homeowner. Active in political/social causes, studying mysticism and enjoying a good romance.

Favorite pastimes: being outdoors, travel, creativity, music, grandkids and life.

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