Past Elder Speak Contributors

2016 Elders:

Carl Bergren
Carl Bergren was born in Leavenworth in 1930 and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1949.  He then left for California where he received his BS in Graphic Design from San Jose State University.  He served in the army from 1952 to 1954.  After college he went to work for FMC Corporation where he was the art director for the publication department.  He retired in 1986 and in 1989 moved back home to Leavenworth with his wife Sheila, built a home and has enjoyed and appreciated the natural beauty and activities of the Leavenworth  area.
Joann Morgan Anderson
Joann Morgan Anderson came to Earth on Christmas night, 1933. She was the first of two children born to Verbon and Wanda Morgan. Her parents’ ties to the Masonic family enabled her mother to adjust easily to new situations. Joann had a harder time leaving old friends behind and finding new ones in each school she attended. She went to eight schools in her twelve years of basic schooling, then completed her college degree at the University of Washington in Seattle where she met her future husband, Robert A. Anderson (Bob). He graduated from medical school on the same day she graduated from undergraduate school and they were married the following day.
When their youngest son of three children began school, Joann began studying for her master’s degree in counseling and psychology, which she completed in three years. She then established a private mental health worker’s practice. Along with that, she achieved certification in psychosynthesis, transactional analysis, meditation, unconditional love and forgiveness. She used her ability to enhance others’ abilities to grow and achieve when their goal was for the good of all. 
Joann and Bob eventually retired to East Wenatchee, Washington, where they raised their youngest son’s daughter from age five to age twenty-five. 
During that time, Joann started writing fiction again and now hopes to publish her first novel. She is also active in P.E.O., A.A.U.W., and the Book Worms book club. She and her husband especially enjoy attending the Metropolitan Opera Live Streaming HD Opera series at the Snowy Owl Theatre in Leavenworth. 
Jon Wheeler
Jon Wheeler, age 76, is a retired CPA/consultant. In a career spanning over 50 years, Jon grew from his own practice in Glasgow to a partnership in Montana’s largest CPA firm to his own consulting practice in Washington state. Active in his profession, he was elected president of both the Montana and Washington CPA societies during this time. Jon was also a speaker at numerous CPA and tax law seminars throughout the country and wrote a book on farm and ranch taxation for Prentice-hall. He fully retired from practice in 2015.
Jon and his wife Margaret live in Leavenworth and have four sons, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Together, they were instrumental in the founding of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Fort Peck, Montana and the Grand Street Theatre in Helena, Montana. Both theatres are now nationally recognized companies producing theatrical plays and sponsoring theatre education activities. Jon was also a musician throughout these years, playing in country, rock and jazz bands.
Locally, Jon has been involved on the boards of Leavenworth Summer Theater, Projekt Bayern, the Leavenworth Civic Center Foundation, the Leavenworth Golf Club and Mountain Meadows. He remains active on the Mountain Meadows board as a past president.
Rachel Gutru
Rachel Gutru was born June 14, 1919 in Minnesota and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She attended Wichita State University for one year then transferred to Colorado College in College Springs, Colorado to figure skate as a solo performer.
Once Rachel married and the first of her of two children was born. She devoted her early adulthood to raising her children. She divorced her first husband but soon remarried and helped to raise his three children, too. They moved to Kirkland, Washington. 
Some years after the death of her husband, Rachel married again. After his death, she moved to Mt Meadows Retirement Village in Leavenworth. 
Rachel says that she tries not to take herself too seriously.
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