News & notes:
- Pat Adams
retired from teaching. She and husband Al
Marchant have three grandchildren.
- Denny Aguirre
wrote in 2008, "After 30 years as a
police officer, I reinvented myself as a
wine buyer for a small market in Chelsea,
- Byron Aldrich spent
many years as a volunteer fire fighter,
and he saved several lives while giving
service to the community. He is a
journeyman sheetmetal worker, and he is
in MHS's Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Hilary Asher
is a corporate vice-president. To relax,
he pilots his maroon & white airplane
above Michiana. He and wife Tamara Reed
have three daughters and (at last count)
- Randi Baker
has retired after a career with Brooklyn
AIDS Task Force. Here's
Randi presenting at a conference: Randi on YouTube.
- Gregg Baldoni
has retired after many years as a
journeyman sheetmetal worker.
- Jimita Baldoni taught
for many years at Byrkit High school, an
alternative school that was located at
University Park Mall in Mishawaka.
- Alice Marie Beard
(JD, George Mason U.) argues in her 2016
law review article that the Supreme Court
cannot overturn the 2008 case that
recognizes the 2nd Amendment as an
individual right (Heller)
without also overturning Obergefell,
the "marriage equality" case of
Rights Strengthen Gun Rights. Alice continues her
genealogical research, concentrating on Hufford
- Toni Beehler
completed her bachelor's at IU and spent
years as a Sales Manager at a Fortune 500
company before retiring. She and hubby
have been married 30 years and have a
son. Toni enjoys gardening, traveling,
crocheting, and giving service in various
community service projects. She has been
a lifelong Michiana resident.
- Mike Bellovich
has an MBA from Indiana University and a
long career in human resources. After 30
years with the Marine Corps (active and
reserve), he retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Mike serves on the Mishawaka Common
- Tim Bess (Ed.D.,
U. of Minnesota) moved into social
justice consultanting after retiring as
an elementary school principal in
Minnesota. He built a house in Arkansas
and will be a "snow bird."
- Greg Blimling
(Ph.D., Ohio State U.) retired in July
2016 after a long academic career. Most
recently, he was professor in the
Graduate School of Education at Rutgers,
after 36 years as a student affairs
administrator. He completed his seventh
book in 2014. Greg and his wife moved to
Colorado to be near their daughter and
- Cheryl Bobson
is a Certified Public Accountant and the
Chief Financial Officer for an Elkhart
company. She and her husband have 11
- Pam Bollaert
and Penny Reynolds, in about 2000 (Pam on
- Roger Brady
(Licensed Architect) is a continuing
education consultant to the design and
- Neil Brioli is
active with American Legion Post 297, in
New Carlisle. He served 24 years in the
U.S. Navy. In 1996, he retired from the
Naval Reserve as a lead Chief Petty
- Karen Broomall
February 6, 2014.
Her life was as a high-school chemistry
teacher, a mother, a Realtor. She enjoyed
RV-camping along the Pacific Ocean and
watching dolphins and seals. She was
survived by a son and a daughter.
- Ron Brooks and Pat
DeLaurelle, long married, are in
Florida. Ron spent 20 years in the Air
Force, retiring as a Senior Master
Sergeant in 1989.
- Marsha Brown
has her own software business.
- Ken Brugh
has spent years in the corporate world.
When he was 23 and beginning his career
after college, he opened a bar &
restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana. For
many years, he was V.P. for real estate
& store enviroment for Performance
Bike, and before that he had been a
senior V.P. with Golfsmith.
- Cathy Bupp,
licensed clinical social worker, is a
psychotherapist, working in a hospital.
She lives in central Florida, in one of
the 19 counties declared a disaster area
after the hurricanes of 2004. CHECK HERE for Cathy's description of what
the hurricanes of 2004 did to her
- Brenda Burkett,
Toby Roose, Debbie Koepke, and Sonia
Kristoff all looked beautiful at a church
event in 2010:
- Denny Cackowski
moved to Florida after a career as
coordinator of elementary enrichment
programs schoolwide for P-H-M schools.
- Debbie Callsen
is a supervising nurse at St. Joseph
Regional Medical Center, working on the
- Mike Campbell
sent word in 2008, "I have taken
early retirement from Public TV, and I'm
playing in The Blenders, a great band
with 5 vocalists. Also doing sound for
national acts that come through North
Carolina. I work in broadcast
trucks at NFL and college games as video
engineer. I live on ten acres where most
folks live on postage stamps. I have been
blessed with a wonderful wife and lots of
dogs and cats. I have never been happier
or in better shape."
- Chris Carlson has
a quilting business and donates some of
her quilts for charitable projects.
- Nancy Carner
spends her days helping young people who
are battling cancer. She works in an
office of three oncologists.
- Henry Catalino
manages properties, does business
consulting, and is a continuing education
instructor for Indiana real estate. In
the past, he had his own Sicilian-Italian
restaurant in South Bend.
- Jerry Cavanah and
Mary Ann Pechi are among the
nine married couples from the Class of
'68. Two daughters; nine grandchildren.
- Debbie Claeys
is a registered nurse at Memorial
- Susie Collins and
Don Plummer are another of the
MHS '68 couples.
- Keith Cooper has many
of his photos online. Included are pictures of
Beutter Park and the Riverwalk and
various Mishawaka events. For those gone
from the area, Keith's photos will let
you see your old hometown.
- Ron Cosner teaches
German at LaVille High School.
- Diana Costa
is a grandmother and teaches 3rd grade.
- Jean Craft
retired in 2015 after years of training
and supervising bus drivers. She had a
crew of over 150 drivers. Before that,
for several years she was a professional
truck driver, and before that, an
accountant. Jean also has a pilot's
- Pam Craig
retired after 37 years as a "tooth
fairy." She owns and rents 17
houses, raised her five children, has
nine grandchildren, and still looks like
a homecoming princess. In 2013, she was
in Africa volunteering in an orphanage
for a few months. In 2015, she was in
Alaska for three months and worked at the
Iditorad; she'll be there again in March
2017 and hopes to work a checkpoint
between Anchorage and Nome. Here's Pam at
her daughter's 2009 wedding, and dancing
with her son at his 2011 wedding:
- Mark Crocker
and his wife live in Carstairs, Alberta,
Canada. Population: 2,654. He wrote in
December 2009: "Susan and I live on
a small farm, enough for about 30
cow/calf pairs. We enjoy membership in
the local Mennonite Church. We have no
grandchildren and enjoy inflicting
ourselves on our nieces and nephews. We
have been blessed with world travel --
myself with 6 yrs in the US Navy and
Susan with her position at
Nexen, an oil company. I am
semi-retired and enjoy driving a school
bus part time, creating fixes on the
farm, and bugging my wife of 31
- Cathy Cunningham
is an emergency room nurse and grandma to
three little girls.
- Steve Cunningham
(Ph.D., Ohio State U.) retired from the
New Albany - Floyd County Consolidated
School Corporation after a long career
working with adult education, teaching at
a college, and being a high-school
principal. Then he worked with the state
of Indiana's GED program; in Steve's
words, "GED can be the ticket out of
poverty." And in 2013, he began
selling educational software to school
- Tom Daffron
is an electrician.
- Bill Daily
is an engineer and a grandfather to
- Cheryl Davis
is Executive Director of Voluntary Action
Committee in Blacksburg, Virginia.
- Kerry Deardorff is
a social worker in Chicago. He ran in a
half-marathon race in September 2007. (A
half-marathon is a 13-mile foot race.)
- Greg Deitchley is
a Captain with the Indiana State Excise
Police. He graduated from the FBI
National Academy in Quantico, Virginia,
in 1999. Greg was President of the FBI
National Academy's Indiana Chapter from
2013 to 2015.
- Alan DeMaegd
is a machinist.
- Terry DeMaegd
retired after a government service career
that included two years at the American
Embassy in New Delhi, India, as Officer in Charge of the
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration
Services. Terry also spent time in
Washington, DC., with Department of
Homeland Security, and before that he was
a Federal Investigator with Immigration
Service and with Defense Investigative
Service. These days, Terry's back in
Mishawaka and enjoying his granddaughter.
- Joyce DeNeve
and her husband are moving back to South
Bend to be closer to family. They have
purchased a condo and are planning a
complete rennovation, with the hope of
having the work done in time for
Thanksgiving in their new home.
- Stan Denney (now
known as Stan Leslie) has a band called
"In the Pocket." The band has
performed several times at the Mishawaka
Summer Fest, and Sundays at East Race in
- Gary Derbin
is the contractor behind Riverside
Construction of Mishawaka.
- Mike DeVliegher
is a mechanical designer with an
electronics firm in Indianapolis.
- Gerald DeWulf
is an engineer in charge of hospital
- Mary Jane Dexter
retired after a long career as a
pharmacist. In 2015, Mary Jane and her
husband traveled to Dubai to see their
young grandson; since then, there's a
little granddaughter. Photo below shows
Mary Jane and hubby in 2008 in Hawaii.
- Spider Draves
is a pyrotechnician and has made frequent
trips to China to buy the best fireworks
supplies. His business is Spiderworks-Fireworks (facebook site). Summer of
2010, Spider's business collected enough
food donations to provide over 3,000
meals for the Penn Township Food Pantry.
Spider is active with the St. Joseph
County Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of
- Jim Dygulski
is semi-retired after years of owning and
operating "Zimmy's Tavern" in
- Sandy Eberhardt
and hubby live near Tampa, Florida. She's
still in working, selling at a flea
market in Webster, Florida, where she's
known as "the birdhouse and fairy
garden lady." She also sells home
and garden decor online: www.saskodist.com
- Clara Eberlein
says her joy in life is her eight
- Tom Eberlein
is retired and living in Auburn,
California. He's now working on the Armed
Forces Pavilion and Community Garden in Auburn as the Community
Liaison of the Forgotten
The program helps vets with PTSD. The
vets work in the garden and grow food for
vets and their families.
- Steve Egendoerfer
is an electrician.
- Janice Einfalt
has been a marketing representative for Home
Michiana source for non-medical care for
elderly people living at home.
- Lori Eiswald
has nine grandchildren.
- Judy Emmons
put hubby Gerald DeWulf
through Purdue, raised their three
children, and is active in charity work.
- Al Evarts
performed with "Duke Tumatoe and the
Power Trio" in the 1980s. In the
"small world" department, Al's
daughter married Randy Shayler's nephew.
- John Fisher is
an ordained minister, affiliated with
South Side General Baptist Church in
Mishawaka. John has married and buried
several Mishawakans over the years.
- Randy Frederick
has retired from his career as an
electrician. He had his own business for
- Tom Fry
is a vice-president with Frontier (which
used to be Verizon in Indiana). He and
his wife celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary in Manhattan on the weekend
of our 45-year reunion: tickets to David
Letterman, a play, and a fancy
restaurant. Tom has two grandchildren.
- Donna Games
is mom to three Notre Dame grads and an
Eagle Scout. Daughter #2 married in 2008
and made Donna a grandma in late 2011 and
again in 2014. In early 2012, Donna and
Daughter #1 traveled Israel.
- Sharon Gill,
grandma, is a genealogist. In addition to
doing her own research, she maintains an
excellent web site for genealogists
researching St. Joseph County
connections: www.rootsweb.com/~instjose. It was Sharon who began the MHS68
Yahoo Group, a way for folks from MHS '68
to keep in touch.
- Tom Grau
(JD, IU Indianapolis) is with Drewry,
Simmons, Pitts, & Vornehm. One of his clients is the
civil engineering firm FRP, where Mike
and Cosimo Natali are engineers. Tom's
first grandchild was born in October
- Judy Greenlee
(Ph.D., U. of Notre Dame) died
November 11, 2011. She had taught at Pasadena
City College in Pasadena, California,
before retiring because of ill health.
Judy sent a special note in January 2009;
- Frances Grisham
October 26, 2015.
She lived in Arkansas after high school
and retired after 34 years as an
elementary school teacher. Francie was
survived by three grandchildren.
- Bill Groth
(JD, IU Indianapolis) is the
"Groth" of Indianapolis law
firm of Fillenwarth,
Dennerline, Groth, & Towe.
- Kelly Guin
plays in the Michiana band "Cousin
Vinny" on weekends. In the past,
Kelly played bass guitar with Davey Jones
of "The Monkees." Kelly's first
band was back in 1964. He, Doug Overman,
and Jerry Cavanah were "Cause and
Effect," and their first gig was at
Bock's Roller Skating Rink. Kelly and his
wife have two sons; their older son is a
physician in Florida.
- Mike Hass
has a new name, "Grandpa." His
first grandchild was born in January
2016, a grandson named Joseph Samuel
- Bob Harringer,
grandpa, manages environmental, health,
& safety for a campus of six
buildings at a Lucent plant southwest of
Chicago; 2016 is Bob's 47th year with the
same company. On the side, Bob's teaching
an earth science class to 16
home-schooled high-school kids. Bob
served as elected president at his
church, Our Savior
Joliet, Illinois. The photo below shows
Bob (far right) and his wife after some
rock collecting at a copper mine in
- Chris Heckaman is
an interior designer.
- Margie Hesch
was elected to the Yorktown School Board
(Delaware Co., Indiana) in November 2012.
She retired after 34 years as a public
- Susan Hess'
granddaughter Phoebe Marie was born in
July 2007, and grandson Sean Deegan was
born in November 2009. In Susan's words,
"We are thrilled, of course."
- Mark Hildebrand,
CPA, retired after 40 years with Crowe
Horwath; he was
CEO for eight years. He also has retired
from Crowe Horwath International where he
was Chairman of the Board. September
2013, Mark wrote, "I am proud that
Crowe Horwath grew from 50 people when I
started to become the 9th largest
certified public accounting firm in the
U.S." Mark and his wife (Teresa
Anderson, MHS '69) have two
- Barb Hitchins
Arizona, where she had moved after
decades as a Hoosier school teacher.
- Chuck Hoffman
is still married to his childhood
sweetheart, Carol Jojo. Chuck is the
general manager of Sonitrol Security
Alarms in Mishawaka.
- Cindy Hoffman
is a special education teacher in Kokomo.
"Tom" Hummer had a
long career in sales with CIM Technology
Solutions. He sent word in 2016: "We
moved back to Mishawaka to a villa in the
Rosewood subdivision near Wilson Park. My
wife Bev also retired last year after 33
years with Martin's Supermarket. We have
four grandkids -- all girls -- and three
kids of our own."
- Dave Hoskins
is following in his father's footsteps
and has taken over responsibilties as
Parade Organizer for Mishawaka's annual
Memorial Day Parade.
Dave is booked on
weekends performing with the best bar
band in the greater Michiana area, M.G.B. Back in high school, Dave and
two others from MHS '68 played with
"The Crystal Thread." The
others from MHS '68 were Rich Gottman and
- Cindy Houghton
retired after a long career as a music
teacher at Pierre Moran Middle School in
- Dawn Housand
has returned to the USA after living for
many years just south of Mexico City,
Mexico. In Mexico, she was involved with
a newscomers club and would write feature
articles for the club's monthly
newsletter. CLICK HERE for a sampling.
- Peggy Huff and
her husband live in Washington state.
They've lived on the West Coast since the
- Larry Humphrey
was self-employed as a charter captain in
Florida before moving back to Indiana in
2013. He's a licensed ham radio operator
with call sign WD9BMR. Photo of Larry is from 2010,
on the beach in Florida.
- Margaret Hutchison
has retired from her career as a
registered nurse (R.N.) and road-tripped
with her husband for a few years before
setting down in the north woods.
- Vicki Jackson
wrote, "I worked ten years in the
Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office.
I worked there when the Prosecutor's
Office took on Ford Motor Company and
filed criminal charges over the Pinto
rear-end accident that killed three
girls." For over 20 years,
she has been a legal assistant at Cohen
Law Offices in Elkhart.
- Jim Jasiewicz
was Executive Director of Facilities at
Ivy Tech Community College's three
campuses for several years. Previously,
for 20 years, he was facilities manager
for ten South Bend schools. Jim's B.S. in
Industrial Engineering is from Indiana
- Joe Jasiewicz
moved to Florida after retiring from
teaching. As a teacher, he taught many
Michiana young people how to build
- Marilou Karst,
grandma to five, retired
in 2016 after a career of teaching 2nd
graders in rural Wisconsin. She enjoys
sewing, making special costumes for her
grandchildren, needlepointing, and
- Kathy Klotz
has worked since the mid-1990s for a
hospital blood-supplier. Her passion is
ballroom dancing. She has had instruction
from two dance teachers from the TV show
"Dancing with the Stars" and
has competed in local dance contests.
Kathy has two young great-granddaughters.
- Kathy Koleszar works
with Afghan Hounds in her off hours.
During her work hours, she works with
patient financial services at a South
- Jo Kozlowski is
a bank teller and has survived four bank
- Spiro Krekelas
is a jewelry designer, making
one-of-a-kind pieces in gold and silver.
- Jim LaBelle
is grandpa to three little boys.
- Linda Landaw
works with deaf children. She learned to
communicate in sign language after her
first grandchild was born deaf.
- Bob Lese
continues as a professional musician,
with widely varied gigs, from playing
mandolin with a western swing band to
peforming classical music with a trio at
weddings. Among the groups he plays with
Players and Magnolia
plays mandolin, harmonica, drums, and
guitar. He has been an on-call and studio
musician for over 40 years, playing
blues, jazz, country, and southern rock
in Chicago and in Cincinnati. Sound clips
from Bob with Magnolia Mountain are HERE, HERE, and HERE.
- Larry Liffick is
- Sue Lightner
had a kidney tranplant in 2005; she has
- Patrick Long
retired from NIPSCO in November 2010,
after 30 years of service. He spent many
months traveling across the United States
and Canada. He was in the Canadian
Rockies, followed by Oregon and
Washington. He traveled the Alaskan
Highway. In 2013, NIPSCO asked Pat to
come back for a while. Here's Pat in the
- Joyce Mabie
has a horse farm: Spring River Ranch.
- Al Maeyens
had a career as an engineer at Pratt
& Whitney, then spent a few years
giving folks smiles as an Elvis
impersonator. More recently, after a good
bit of formal studying, Al is active as
an Eastern Orthodox minister and has educational
Aside from religious education, Al has a
story to tell everyone: In November 2012,
he awoke from a nap unable to move or
feel his right side. He'd had a stroke.
His wife immediately sought help. Within
two hours, Al was in surgery and a clot
was removed from the back of his brain.
Al considers it a miracle from God that
he has fully recovered. He was
hospitalized for one week. By early
December, he was back on stage
performing. In Al's words, "The
key to a stroke is quick action and do
not delay in calling 911. There is a
small space of time when the stroke can
be reversed." Here's Al one year after the
stroke: Al Maeyens
1-year Stroke Anniversary
- Elinor May works
for the Davidson County Register of
Deeds, in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Becky McCoy
is back living in Mishawaka after several
years in Florida. She reports that she is
- Marc McCray
wrote in December 2010: "Still
living in Mishawaka. I left the Mishawaka
Street Department after 22 years. I'm
currently working in Elkhart, truck
driving for C&J Steel. I enjoy riding
my motorcycle, having a cold beer, and
running into old friends."
- Pat McGee
(JD, Arizona State U.) was a judge for
several years in Arizona and has done
criminal defense work. These days she's
active in the Tea Party
of Scottsdale, Arizona. Pat has four granddaughters.
In April 2010, Pat participated in a
two-day swim. Day one was Alcatraz to
Fisherman's Wharf; day two, under the
Golden Gate Bridge. Mary Rhoade and Sara
Hysinger were there to cheer her on.
Here's Pat in wet suit, jumping into the
water (photo taken through a boat
- Gary McGillem
has three granddaughters, all beautiful!
- Bob Mead
celebrated the 30th Anniversary of
"Bob Mead Interiors, Inc." on
March 13th, 2013. Bob's favorite charity
is Indianapolis' St. Margaret's Hospital
Guild's Decorator's Show House and
Gardens. 2016 was Bob's 35th year with
the Show House. Some of the finest
interior designers in the Indianapolis
area join forces to redesign an entire
house. The money raised with tickets to
see the showhouse is donated to
Indianapolis' St. Margaret's Hospital.
- Sandy Melton had
emergency surgery for appendicitis when
Hurricane Ike was blowing through her
town in Texas in September 2008. She came
through the surgery fine.
- Michael Merritt
is an electrician.
- Connie Micinski
lives in Colorado. She co-founded a rescue
group for golden retrievers.
- Paula Miller
lives in Minnesota and helps others stay
March 2011, she has been an Area Director
(Business Network International) for
Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin.
- Patti Morissette
is a fancy-cat fancier. For many years,
she raised and showed pedigreed Norwegian
- Michael Morrison
was Special Forces during his military
days. These days, he's a licensed ham
radio operator with the call sign W9MLM. He has volunteered with A.R.E.S.
(Amateur Radio Emergency Service), with National Weather Service
as a SkyWarn Observer, and with Project
Lifesaver International with the Mishawaka Police
- Debbie Morse
joined the Air Force after high-school
graduation and served four years. While
stationed at McChord Air Force base, she
met her husband. They live in
Indianapolis where Debbie is a realtor.
Both their son and their daughter are
active duty in the U.S. Army. Debbie is
grandma to two little boys.
- Betty Myers
is a registered nurse (R.N.) in
- Gail Myers
lives in the mountains of Colorado and
enjoys mountain hiking and snowshoeing
with her husband. When she's inside,
she's knitting. Gail retired after many
years as a Montessori teacher.
- Mike Natali
retired at the end of July 2016, after a
44-year career as a structural engineer,
the past 39 years with FRP, a structural engineering firm
in Indianapolis. For 12 years he served
as president of FRP.
- Cosimo Natali
is an engineer at FRP. September 2010, he
sent word that both of his sons are
married and that he has two young
"Mike" Needham sent a
photo and wrote, "I celebrated 30
years of marriage with this lady, Kathy,
in May 2016. We live in Frankfort,
Indiana, and are retired."
- Gaelyn Nelson's
daughter gave birth to twin boys in
autumn 2004. That makes three
grandchildren for Gaelyn.
- Dave Nevel
is another grandpa from the class. He
missed the 45-year reunion because of a
family wedding. He's an optician, with
his own business in Columbus, Ohio, and
active in community service.
- Dan Nicolini
(JD, IU Bloomington) prosecuted major
felonies for over 18 years in Arizona
before beginning private practice doing
criminal defense. Music is still a big
part of Dan's life. In addition to playing
Dan plays his clarinet and his violin
with various music groups.
- Carol Ann Nix
(JD, U. of Notre Dame) is busy with her
next book. She was a prosecutor for 20
years before teaching criminal justice at
Valparaiso U. Then she moved to the other
side of the world and taught English to
Chinese graduate students in Beijing. She
has written about her experiences in
China. Her first book came out in 2014: Dragon
Hearts: Love in China. Book 2 in her Dragon Heart
series debuted in 2015: Eagle in
- Doug Overman
joined Dan Nicolini in a
performance of Russian music in November 2013.
- Andy Palatinus
owned his own machine repair shop in
Loomis, California, for 31 years. He
helped with small engine classes at the
local high school by donating motors and
helping students find parts. Andy sold
his business in 2009 and moved to
Cassopolis where he had built a house on
- Cindy Parker
has eight grandsons and two
great-granddaughters. In 2013,
"Grandma Cindy" was parasailing
on Macinac Island. Her first time
parasailing was in 2008 in Jamaica. This
photo shows Cindy in 2013:
- Debby Parnell
designs office space, does interior
decorating, and designs outdoor space and
backyards. She's grandmother to five.
- Jerry Parrish
is a school bus driver with the PHM
- Mary Ann Pechi
retired in 2013 after a long career as a
banker. She and Jerry Cavanah are among
the long-married MHS '68 couples.
Retirement allows Mary Ann time to enjoy
their nine grandchildren.
- Susan Peterson
(JD, Memphis State U.), grandmother of
two, is a divorce lawyer in South
Carolina. In 2005, Susan was in the
Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta,
Georgia, when a judge was shot dead.
- Brenda Pfaller
retired after 29 years as an
award-winning teacher at Emmons
- Don Plummer
headed the machine shop at Plymouth
- Will Pooley
is a counselor at an alternative high
school in Wisconsin. He wrote on New
Year's Day 2011, "I've been dancing
for the past several years, mostly swing
and Lindy Hop, but also ball room."
Will is dad to two daughters and grandpa
to four. His daughters' mother is MHS
'68er Marilou Karst. In 1967, Will,
Hilary Asher, and Mike Bellovich took
their first canoe trip together. Since
then, they've taken many such trips. In
summer of 2008, they were canoeing in
- Timothy Przygocki died
February 19, 2014, three years after retiring
from the San
Francisco maritime National Historical
Park, where he
had served for 34 years. He was Safety
Manager when he retired. His children
gave him a birthday/retirement party, and
his son Augustino arranged for a trip up
the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge
as part of his present to his dad. Tim's
photos from over the years are HERE.
- Tammy Reed
is a librarian for the St. Joseph County
Public Library. Tammy and Hilary Asher
are another of the long-married MHS '68
- Penny Reynolds
has four grandsons. She and her husband
vacationed in St. Lucia in autumn 2012:
- Mary Rhoade
is newly married as of summer of 2014.
She has two sons and seven grandchildren.
She retired after a career as a K-8
elementary school teacher and librarian.
She is a Master Teacher in Ohio with
National Board Certification. In April
2010, Mary was in California for a
mini-reunion with Pat McGee and Sara
- Lois Rice
manages a dental office and is a
grandmother. Her grandson came to the MHS
'68 reunions at Castle Manor in 2008 and
- George Roelandts
retired in July 2013 after a career as
principal at NorthWood Middle School in
- Toby Roose
began a new marriage in autumn 2015. She
has three sons and has worked for
Meridian Title in South Bend. She still
live in Mishawaka.
- Steve Saros
is a journeyman plumber.
- Nanette Schnaible
is a missionary in western Mexico. In
2009, she was in Kenya, Africa, on a
- Carolyn Schwartz
and Steve Van Ooteghem, long
married, have three sons. Their oldest
son is a physician. One of Carolyn's
pleasures is creating detailed dollhouse
miniatures, complete with minature dishes
and utensils, miniature-scaled wallpaper,
and Victorian clothing on tiny dollhouse
- Terry Schwier was
a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy.
He retired in 1991, after 21 years of
- Sheryl Scott
is has been director of mental health
education at a hospital.
- Suhaila Shamsuddin
has six children. The oldest -- a
daughter -- is a physician. August 2009
she wrote, "Latest news is that I've
got two grandchildren, a girl (2 years)
and a boy (2 months). I'm enjoying them
- Randy Shayler
is Director of Resource Management for
Otis Eastern Service in Rochester, New
York, and gives service in his community
of the county United Way. Randy is a member of MHS's Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Jim Shown
served with the Indiana National Guard in
the Middle East from Feb. 2003 until Feb.
2004. He retired from the Reserves after
30 years of service. Jim has three
- Becky Smith
teaches music in the PHM schools.
- Brenda Snyder
works in Hospice care. Summer of 2016,
she got herself a new hip. She's grandma
to 15. One grandson served in the U.S.
Army and spent 9 months in Kuwait;
another is a U.S. Marine, and a third is
studying religion and will join the Navy
as a chaplain. Brenda has lived in
Florida since 1996.
- Alan Stafford
(DDS, Indiana U.), has done business
consulting and motivational speaking. Now
he is doing life coaching, helping people
through transitions. For pleasure, he
flies his own plane. Two of Alan's three
sons served in Iraq.
- Phil Stillson
retired in June 2013 as assistant
principal at Elkhart Central High School.
He was with Elkhart Community Schools for
37 years. He and wife Barb (Kleiser, MHS
'69) have four grandchildren: two girls
and two boys.
- Bob Stretch
(Ph.D., Purdue U.), psychologist, retired
from the Division of Scientific Review at
Nat'l Inst. of Child Health & Human
Development. Bob has studied
post-traumatic stress among soldiers. He
retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt.
Colonel. He's a grandpa to three.
- Sandy Stutzman
is a licensed social worker in Texas.
- Mary Ellen Sweeney
is Mishawaka's Chief Deputy Clerk.
- Jerry Thacker
(Ed.D., Andrews U.) is superintendent
of PHM Schools.
and in 2011 was named Indiana 2012
Superintendent of the Year. Before moving
to PHM, Jerry was the superintendent of
Logansport schools for eight years.
- Ron Thibos
is Assistant Professor and Chairman of
his department at IVY Tech in Kokomo. He
teaches industrial & occupational
- Jim Thomas
lives in southeast Arizona. He retired as
Director of Public Works, in Willcox,
- Eve Thompson
is a legal secretary. In off hours, she
raises money for breast cancer research.
- Mike Unruh
restored a Christmas mural that his own
father made in 1953. The mural has been
used as a Christmas greeting from
Mishawaka firefighters for decades.
Here's the story from the South Bend
Tribune: Son restores his father's mural.
- Bob Van Arsdale
spends some of his free time with three
old cars: a '72 Nova SS (original), a '47
Ford Tudor Sedan (street rod), and a '36
Ford three-window coupe (street rod).
Here's Bob with his '47 Ford:
- Steve Van Ooteghem
is a management consultant and
is Chairman of an executive round table
for Christian business owners and CEOs.
He and Carolyn Schwartz have been married
forever and have three sons.
- Debbie Werbrouck
has a dance
began her studio right out of high school
with nothing more than the ability to
dance, the courage of youth, and her
beautiful smile. She also teaches dance
at Saint Mary's College.
- Ray Wennerstrom
lives in Texas, near his son who is a
police officer. Ray also has a daughter
and five grandchildren.
- Glenda White
wrote in April 2009: "I married Ted
Morgan, was widowed, and moved back to my
birth place -- Waterloo, Alabama. I now
own and operate the Riverwalk Cafe in
Waterloo." Glenda is an elected
member of the Waterloo Town Council.
Here's Glenda at her cafe:
- Rosemarie Wilkins
is the secretary in the Buildings &
Grounds Department of the School City of
- Jack Wilson
6, 2013. As a
young man, he served two tours in
Vietnam. Back home, he married, worked
research & development for Uniroyal,
and then worked for the Mishawaka Housing
Authority until retiring. He loved
motorcycling, competitive fishing, and
his wife of 41 years.
- Glenda Young
raised her five children while teaching
school. She retired in May 2012 after 40
years of teaching 5- and 6-year-olds in
West Lafayette. She has two
- Debbie Young
(Mrs. Greg Deitchley) retired after years
as a school teacher and began working at
a teacher supply store, helping to keep
teachers supplied with their magic
- Karen Young
teaches 2nd graders at Battell Elementary
School in Mishawaka.
- Marty Zemialkowski
is a watercolor artist.
- Jane Zimmerman
works with Mishawaka Education Foundation, fundraising for School City of
Mishawaka students and cheering kids to
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