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Class Notes – Summer 2012

July 2012

The Fifties
Msgr. Marvin Mottet '52 received the Servant of Justice Award from the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action, in Washington D.C. The award is presented to those whose leadership advances social justice and dignity for all members of society through the tradition of Catholic social teaching.

Two alumni celebrated milestone anniversaries of their ordination to the priesthood. Rev. Thomas Doyle '58 celebrated 50 years and Rev. Edmond Dunn '58 celebrated 40 years. Dunn served as a faculty member at St. Ambrose from 1975-2010 in the theology department. They both served in the Davenport Diocese.

The Sixties
Frank Schneeberger '69 is theater technician for the Overture Center for the Performing Arts located in Madison, Wis. He was a founding member of Forward Theater Company and serves on the FTC's advisory company.

The Seventies
Wayne Cabel '78 was awarded the Assistant Principal of the Year award from the Black Hawk Region of the Illinois Principals Association. He is currently the assistant principal at Moline High School and has served the Moline school district for 21 out of 33 years in education.

Amy Baker '79 retired from the Davenport School district. She spent most of her years at Davenport North High School where she was a physical education teacher and the only volleyball coach in the school's 27-year history.

Jeanne Sheehan '79 was awarded the Woman of Achievement award from the Zonta Club of Austin, Minn., for her positive impact on the community, service as a volunteer and accomplishments at work. This was the first year for the award.

The Eighties
Teresa Simon-Harris '82, '87 MBA has been named the chair of the Quad City Area Realtors Association for 2012. She is currently the broker/manager at Ruhl & Ruhl's Bettendorf office and has worked there since 1993.

George Moser '84 published his first novel "Nine Lives," a psychological thriller with a twist. He is currently working on two more novels. "Nine Lives" is available in select bookstores and on

Michael Miller '85, '90, '93, '04 MAcc, retired from the Federal Government and is now a part time front desk specialist at Senior Star Elmore Place in Davenport.

The Nineties

Gayle Roberts '91 MBA, a member of the St. Ambrose Board of Trustees, was presented the 2012 Athena Award in March by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and The Women's Connection. Roberts is the president and chief operating officer of Stanley Consultants, Muscatine, Iowa.

Bob Quast '92 self-published "Life 101: An Educational Biography." He dedicated the book to his late sister, who died as a result of domestic violence. A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to the Lynnette Quast Craft Charity.

Tim Ridder '95, Des Plaines, Ill., was named the assistant director of Public Works and Engineering for the city of Des Plaines.

Margaret Gustafson '99 MBA was named this year's Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club Outstanding Citizen for her work in the community and for her tenure as chief executive officer at the Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee, Ill. She recently accepted a new position as president of the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, Ill.

The Zeros
Jocelyn (Kandl) Metzger '00, '01 MOT released her first educational DVD called "The Inner Guide to Stretching: Advanced Healing Using Myofascial Release."

David Guyer '01, Bettendorf, was promoted to manager of the Agency Accounting Department at Modern Woodmen of America. He has been employed with Modern Woodmen since 2002.

Jennifer (Kislia) Kincaid '03 became a shareholder, director and vice president at McGehee, Olson, Pepping, Balk & Kincaid, Ltd., Silvis, Ill. She joined the law firm in 2006.

Curtis Clark '04 was named head coach of the Bettendorf High School varsity boys basketball program. He will continue his work as a physical education teacher for the district.

Glenn Plummer '04 MEA was named principal of Regina High School in Iowa City. He began teaching math in the district and has been director of student services, assistant principal and interim principal. He also was a junior high football and girls and boys track coach.

John ‘05 and Kara (Roberts) McKenna ‘06 recently married and relocated to Seattle. John is a project manager for Walsh Construction, a national general contractor, and Kara is the manager of client development for LexBlog, a company that teaches lawyers and professionals how to use the Internet to accelerate relationships to help drive business development.

Jarret Witmer '06 accepted a promotion as residential coordinator for the Children's Home Association of Illinois. He was a nominee for employee of the year and awarded employee of the quarter honors in April 2012.

Adam McKenzie '07 received his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medical School in Harrogate, Tenn. He will serve his residency in Internal Medicine at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Mich.

Gene Thompson '07 received his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa, College of Law, Tulsa, Okla., in May.

Joshua McIntyre '08 joined the law firm of Lane & Waterman LLP, located in Davenport and Moline, Ill., as an associate. He is a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations.

Andrew Rabka '09 became the qualified developmental disabilities professional at Help at Home Inc., located in Michigan City, Indiana.

The Teens
Justin Shaffer '11 MEA was promoted to middle school principal for the Camanche (Iowa) School District, where he was a special education teacher. He has worked in the school district for five years.

Lisa Leiby '02 and Bradley Linville, LeClaire, Iowa

Kimberly Carstensen '04 and Cory Conrad, Negril, Jamaica

David Adams '08 and Chelsea Noe '09, Peoria, Ill.

Ashley Moellenbeck '09 and Matthew Kelting, Long Grove, Iowa

Spencer Hill '10 and Ann Hull '10, Burlington, Iowa

Jeff Muntz '00 and wife Sarah (Pierce) Muntz '00, became proud parents of a baby girl, Mary Katherine. "Mary Kate" was born on Jan. 18, 2012. She was welcomed home by big sister Anna.

James "Judd" Guild '39, Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 23, 2011

Francis "Frank" Tofanelli '39, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., Feb. 25, 2012

Philip Shanley '40, Edina, Minn., April 8, 2012

David Learner '41, Scottsdale, Ariz., May 10, 2011

Hugo Cerretti '42, Johnston, Iowa, Feb. 24, 2011

Edwin Schmidt '42, San Antonio, Feb. 2, 2011

Peter Cianciola '45, Cordova, Tenn., Feb. 24, 2011

William "Bill" Peterson '47, Charleston, Ill., Sept. 3, 2011

Arden DeReu '48, Geneseo, Ill., May 5, 2012

Harvey Legris '49, Lexington, Ky., March 5, 2012

Gerald "Bix" Bixenman '50, Panama City Beach, Fla., Feb. 25, 2012

James Cahill '50, San Diego, March 25, 2012

Charles Horton '50, Bettendorf, Iowa, May 22, 2011

Jon Manock '50, Sun City, S.C., June 17, 2011

John Smidebush '50, Moraga, Calif., Oct. 19, 2011

James Henneberry '51, Springfield, Ill., March 8, 2012

David Kakert '51 Academy, Bettendorf, Iowa, April 28, 2012

Charles Rosenfield '51, Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug. 25, 2011

Joseph Kelly '52, San Diego, Jan. 14, 2011

Rev. Thomas Wise '52, Arlington Heights, Ill., Aug. 11, 2011

John Hedrich '53, Las Vegas, Jan. 6, 2012

Msgr. E. Edward Higgins '53, Peoria, Ill., Feb. 16, 2012

Richard "Dick" Les '53, Palatine, Ill., Nov. 1, 2011

Sr. Catherine Cecilia Lodder '53, OSF, Clinton, Iowa, March 25, 2011

Shirley (Dipple) Stuckel '53, '83, Davenport, April 17, 2012

Sr. Mary Margaret DeWit '54, OSF, Clinton, Iowa, Jan. 25, 2012

Brian Kneafsey, '57, Sarasota, Fla., April 20, 2012

John Patterson '57, Shorewood, Ill., Aug. 3, 2011

Margaret "Maggie" Stutsman '57, Rock Island, Ill., Feb. 1, 2012

Donald Bell '58, Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 12, 2011

William "Bill" Eggers '58, Overland Park, Kan., March 6, 2011

Patrick "Pat" Murphy '59, Watseka, Ill., March 10, 2011

James Champion '60, Osage, Iowa, May 22, 2011

Lt. Col. Nicholas Kass '60, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Oct. 27, 2011

Gerald "Jerry" McGee '61, Madison, Wis., March 1, 2012

James Egan '62, Moline, Ill., June 25, 2011

Mary (Knoll) McMahon '62, Winona, Minn., Oct. 23, 2011

John "Jack" Pfrimmer '62, Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 28, 2012

Janet Ruhde '62, Brimfield, Ill., July 1, 2011

Mary (Reynolds) Volk '62, Cascade, Iowa, Dec. 27, 2011

James Grady '65, Corpus Christi, Texas, Aug. 2, 2011

Ronald Vogel '65, Peoria, Ill., March 11, 2011

Michael Metz '66, Bloomington, Minn., March 7, 2012

David Pottratz '73, Clinton, Iowa, April 27, 2012

Curt Wilson '73, Sherrard, Ill., June 1, 2012

Michael Halfman '75, Bettendorf, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2011

Rhoda Morgan '77, DeLand, Fla., June 14, 2011

Barbara Hansen '79, '92 MBA, Eldridge, Iowa, April 13, 2012

Steven Laude '81, Bettendorf, Iowa, May 12, 2012

Nira "Del" Creekmur '83, The Villages, Fla., Feb. 7, 2012

Thomas Killion '83, Montgomery, Ill., Feb. 27, 2012

Markus McKissick '86, Davenport, May 21, 2012

Lynn Parker '99, Rock Island, Ill., Feb. 23, 2012

Jessica (Owens) Brown '01, Davenport, April 1, 2012

Debra Livingston '12, Blue Grass, Iowa, May 23, 2012

Faculty and Staff

Gregory Lensing, Cuenca, Ecuador, May 22, 2012

John McGuire, Davenport, May 7, 2012

Robert Ristow, Midland, Texas, March 2, 2012

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