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retired from teaching little children.
She and husband Al Marchant have three
- 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 saved several lives while giving
service to the community. He retired as a
journeyman sheetmetal worker, and he is
in the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Ellie Allen
died in 1996.
- Dave Anderson
- 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)
retired after a career with Brooklyn AIDS
Task Force. Here's Randi on YouTube, presenting at a conference.
- Gregg Baldoni
working years were as a journeyman
sheetmetal worker. Greg did two years in
the U.S. Army and served in the 82nd
Airborne. He was boots-on-the-ground for
a year in Vietnam, in an infantry unit.
He survived things that he never wanted
to talk about, for which the military
gave him lots of medals and ribbons. Greg
just wanted to forget it.
taught for many years at Byrkit
High school, an alternative school that
was located at University Park Mall in
- Jeff Barcus died in
- Fran Barfell
died in 2009.
Marie Beard (JD, George Mason U.) began law
school as a middle-aged housewife. In her
mid-fifties, after a quarter-of-a-century
as a housewife and mom, she graduated
from a law school ranked #37 and passed a
bar exam that only 57% passed. Here's a
gift from Alice -- the first year of law
school on a 3 x 5 card:
The other side of Alice is her
genealogical research. In recent years,
she has been updating the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY.
- Toni Beehler
completed her bachelor's at IU and spent
her working years as a sales manager at a
Fortune 500 company. She and hubby have
been married over 30 years and have a
son. Toni enjoys gardening, traveling,
crocheting, and working on various
community service projects. She has been
a lifelong Michiana resident.
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 Council.
- Tim Bess (Ed.D.,
U. of Minnesota) retired as an elementary
school principal in Minnesota. He built a
house in Arkansas and divides his time
between Arkansas and Minnesota.
- Judy Blankenhorn
- 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
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
- Paul Boudreau served
as an Army M.P. in Vietnam before
returning stateside and completing his
enlistment at Fort Hood in Killen, Texas,
where his son Paul Jr. was born. In the
mid-1990s, Paul was working as a federal
corrections officer in New Orleans. There
is no current information about Paul.
- Roger Brady
(Licensed Architect) is a continuing
education consultant to the design and
- Alecia Brazeau
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 Officer.
- Karen Broomall
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.
has spent years in the corporate world.
When he was 23, 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
Cathy's description of what the
hurricanes of 2004 did to her community.
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.
is a supervising nurse at St. Joseph
Regional Medical Center, working on the
- Mike Campbell
took an early early retirement from
Public TV in 2008 and began playing with
a band. He also does sound for national
acts when they are in North
Carolina. He wrote in 2008, "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
- Chris Carlson has
a quilting business and donates some of
her quilts for charitable projects.
spends her days helping young people who
are battling cancer. She works in an
office of three oncologists.
- Mary Carter
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
- Jerry Cavanah and
Mary Ann Pechi are among the
nine married couples from the Class of
'68. Two daughters; nine grandchildren.
- Vicki Christman
- Patricia Collins
- Debbie Claeys
is a registered nurse at Memorial
and Don Plummer are another of
the MHS '68 couples.
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.
teaches German at LaVille High
is a grandmother and teaches 3rd grade.
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
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 was there again in March
2017. Here's Pam at her daughter's 2009
wedding, and dancing with her son at his
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
- Terry Crothers died in
- Danny Culp died in
- 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
worked as Executive Director of Voluntary
Action Committee in Blacksburg, Virginia.
- Colleen Deal
Deardorff is a social
worker who sometimes runs in
half-marathon races. (A half-marathon is
a 13-mile foot race.)
- Gene DeFauw died in
- Greg Deitchley retired
as 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.
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.
and her husband moved back to South Bend
to be closer to family. They purchased a
condo and did a complete rennovation.
(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 Seitz Park.
- 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
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.
is a pyrotechnician and has made trips to
China to buy the best for his 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
- Walt Eakins
- 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
Eberlein says her joy in life is her
Eberlein is living in Auburn,
California. He works at 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.
Egendoerfer retired after decades as an
- Janice Einfalt
has been a marketing representative for Home
Michiana source for non-medical care for
elderly people living at home.
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.
- Tim Farr died in
- Frances Fisher
is an ordained minister,
affiliated with South Side General
Baptist Church in Mishawaka. John has
married and buried several Mishawakans
over the years.
- Cheryl Frazier
- 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.
is mom to two sons and two daughters and
grandmother of three girls. In early
2012, Donna and Daughter #1 traveled
Israel. In 2017, Donna traveled to London
to see her daughter.
grandma, is a genealogist. In addition to
doing her own research, she maintains an
excellent web site for genealogists
researching St. Joseph County
- Dennis Graham died in
- Tom Grau
(JD, IU Indianapolis) is a partner at Drewry Simmons Vornehm. One of his clients is the
civil engineering firm FRP, where Mike
and Cosimo Natali spent their careers as
engineers. Tom's first grandchild was
born in October 2008.
- Becky Greene
- Judy Greenlee
(Ph.D., U. of Notre Dame) died in
completing her Ph.D. in molecular
genetics at Notre Dame, she did
post-doctoral work at Stanford U. and at
U. of California. She was a professor of
biology at Pasadena City College in
Pasadena, California, before retiring
because of ill health. In 2009, Judy sent
a special note.
- Frances Grisham
2015. She lived
in Arkansas after high school and retired
after 34 years as an elementary school
teacher. Francie was survived by three
(JD, IU Indianapolis) is a lawyer in
- 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.
- Jim Hallaert
- Danny Joe Harbin died in
- Bob Harringer,
grandpa, manages environmental, health,
& safety for a campus of six
buildings at a plant southwest of
Chicago; 2016 was Bob's 47th year with
the same company. On the side, Bob
teaches 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
- Steve Hartley died
- Mike Hass'
first grandchild was born in January
2016, a grandson named Joseph Samuel
- Linda Hatfield
- Steve Hazen
- Chris Heckaman is
an interior designer.
was elected to the Yorktown School Board
(Delaware Co., Indiana) in November 2012.
She retired after 34 years as a public
granddaughter Phoebe Marie was born in
July 2007; grandson Sean Deegan was born
in November 2009, and grandson Oliver
Steven was born in September 2014. In
Susan's words, "We are thrilled, of
- 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 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.
- Linda Howe died in
retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a
"Tom" Hummer has
retired from a long career in sales with
CIM Technology Solutions. He and his wife
have moved back to Mishawaka and live
near Wilson Park. They have three
children and four grandchildren.
- Dave Hoskins
followed in his father's footsteps and
took over responsibilties as Parade
Organizer for Mishawaka's annual Memorial
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
is back in 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
- Linda Howe died in
and her husband live in
Washington state. They've lived on the
West Coast since the mid 1970s.
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.
Hutchison has retired from her career as
a registered nurse (R.N.). After
retiring, she road-tripped with her
husband for a few years before setting
down in the north woods.
- Paul Huyvaert
- 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
- Linda Jasiewicz
2008. She was a
Registerd Nurse (R.N.).
- Sharon Johnson
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
- Joe Kleindinst
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
- Kristine Knitter
has retired after a career of working for
the city of Mishawaka, making sure that,
when folks turned on the lights, they got
- Kathy Koleszar is
raising her grand-niece, granddaughter of
her sister. She spent her work years
doing patient financial services at a
South Bend hospital, and she has enjoyed
working with Afghan Hounds over the
- Jo Kozlowski spent
decades as a bank teller and survived
four bank robberies. She's an active
- Spiro Krekelas
is a jewelry designer, making
one-of-a-kind pieces in gold and silver.
is in her 5th year as president of the
local VFW Post 360 Auxiliary, in
- Richard Kunkle
is grandpa to five.
worked with deaf children. She learned to
communicate in sign language after her
first grandchild was born deaf.
has been playing music professionally for
more than 50 years. His gigs are widely
varied, from playing mandolin with a
western swing band to peforming classical
music at weddings. Bob plays mandolin,
harmonica, drums, and guitar. Since he
was in high school, he has been playing
blues, jazz, country, and southern rock.
Sound clips from Bob with the group
Magnolia Mountain are HERE and HERE. The other side of Bob is that
he has been a Carpenters Union organizer
and was executive director of a coalition
of groups in the Cincinnati area that
worked to improve the lives of immigrants
and undocumented workers.
- Larry Liffick is
Lightner had a kidney tranplant in 2005;
she has recovered well.
- Connie Lively
lives in Texas in the Dallas area. As of
2017, he is semi-retired after a long
career in customer service and
purchasing. Jim and his wife have two
sons and a teenage grandson.
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
has a horse farm: Spring River Ranch.
had a long 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,
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
Here's Al one year after the stroke:
Anniversary Al Maeyens
- Jim Manis
- Elinor May works
for the Davidson County Register of
Deeds, in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Janice Matz
- Pamela McCarter
moved back to Mishawaka after many years
in Florida. She reports that she is
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."
(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!
began "Bob Mead Interiors,
Inc." in 1983, and he has been doing
interior design work ever since. 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.
had emergency surgery for
appendicitis when Hurricane Ike was
blowing through her town in Texas in
September 2008. She came through the
- Michael Merritt
is an electrician.
Micinski lives in Colorado. She
Retriever Freedom Rescue, a rescue group for golden
lives in Minnesota and helps others stay
March 2011, she has been an Area Director
with BNI (Business Network International
for Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin).
Morissette is a fancy-cat fancier. For
many years, she raised and showed
pedigreed Norwegian Forest Cats.
- 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
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.
- Charles Mott
is a registered nurse (R.N.) in
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 in 2016, after a 44-year career
as a structural engineer -- 39 years with
FRP, a structural engineering firm
in Indianapolis. For 12 years Mike was
president of FRP. He had a role in
engineering many of the big buildings in
Mike has put in writing the story of his
family's roots in Plati, Reggio de
Calabria, Calabria, Italy. He has
self-published the fascinating immigrant
story: "ON THE SHOULDERS OF OTHERS WE STAND: THE ITALIAN DISASPORA AND THE STORY OF ONE ITALIAN-AMERICAN FAMILY."
- Cosimo Natali's
career was as an engineer at FRP.
September 2010, he sent word that both of
his sons are married and that he has two
"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.
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.
- Chris Nicholas
and Eve Thompson had
some visiting time in summer of 2017:
Nicolini (JD, IU Bloomington) prosecuted
major felonies for over 18 years in
Arizona before beginning private practice
doing criminal defense. He is now the
South Tucson City Public Defender. 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.
- Donald Nisley died in
2015. He was a
mechanical engineer out of Purdue. He was
awarded 30 patents and was named Rockwell
Automation Engineer of the Year for 2004.
- Maurice Nisley died in
(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 CHINA.
- Sandy O'Connell
joined Dan Nicolini in a
performance of Russian music in November 2013. (2nd fb
- 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
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:
designs office space, does interior
decorating, and designs outdoor space and
backyards. She's grandmother to five.
- Jerry Parrish
retired after many years of getting kids
safely to and from school as a PHM school
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
with their nine grandchildren.
- Susan Peterson
(JD, Memphis State U.), grandmother of
two, is now living in Denver and back to
practicing labor and employment law,
after several years of divorce law in
Georgis and the Carolina. She'd had a
vacation home in Colorado for many years
and decided about two years ago to move
to Colorado, where she enjoys skiing,
hiking, and the mountain life. Photo is
from September 2017, when Susan was
backpacking in southern Ireland.
- Brenda Pfaller
retired after 29 years as an
award-winning teacher at Emmons
headed the machine shop at Plymouth
is a counselor at an alternative high
school in Wisconsin. 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 northern Ontario:
- Timothy Przygocki died in
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.
is a librarian for the St. Joseph County
Public Library. Tammy and Hilary Asher
are another of the long-married MHS '68
In May 2017, Tammy was the center of
something of a mini-reunion in Mishawaka.
Gathered at the Beiger House were Mary
Rhoade, Tammy, Pat McGee, Alice Beard,
Margaret Hutchison, and Mary Jane Dexter:
- Brenda Reynolds died in
Reynolds has four grandsons. She and her
husband vacationed in St. Lucia in autumn
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
- Bill Richter
- Sue Robinson
- Claude Rogers
Roelandts retired in July 2013 after a
career as principal at NorthWood Middle
School in Wakarusa.
has three sons and has worked for
Meridian Title in South Bend. She still
live in Mishawaka.
- Bob Ruthrauff
- Steve Saros
is a journeyman plumber.
- Nanette Schnaible
is a missionary in western Mexico. In
2009, she was in Kenya, Africa, on a
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 dolls.
was a Chief Petty Officer in the
U.S. Navy. He retired in 1991, after 21
years of military service.
has been director of mental health
education at a hospital.
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
Allegany County United Way. In 2015, he was a guest
technical students in southwestern New
York state. Randy is a member of the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
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
- Rebecca Smith
teaches music in the PHM schools.
- Tom Smith
is still working, making offices run
right. 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
- 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.
- Mike Stickles died in
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.
- Richard Stuff
Stutzman is a licensed social worker in
Texas. For the past two decades, she has
been a hospice social worker.
Ellen Sweeney is Mishawaka's Chief Deputy
- Wava Marie Sweet
2014. Wava was
named after her maternal grandmother.
Wava's father died when she was nine, and
she began waitressing when she was only
14 years old to help support herself. At
the end of her life, she was supporting
herself as a taxi cab driver.
- Jackie Swonger died in
- Jerry Thacker
(Ed.D., Andrews U.) is superintendent
of PHM Schools
and was named 2017
Outstanding Educator of the Year. This is the second time Jerry
has earned that title. Jerry has been
superintendent of the P-H-M schools since
2006. Before that, he was 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,
Thompson has moved to Arizona to be near
her son and grandson after a long career
as a legal secretary.
- Jimmie Trovatore died in
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.
- Leonard Vallance
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
- Beverly Vance died in
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.
Werbrouck has a dance
two locations. She 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 served as an
elected member of the Waterloo Town
Council. Here's Glenda at her cafe in
retired as secretary in the Buildings
& Grounds Department of the School
City of Mishawaka, after decades of
- Ronnie Williams died in
- Jack Wilson
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.
- Ron Wise died in
(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
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
teaches 2nd graders at Battell Elementary
School in Mishawaka.
- David Zeigler died in
- Marty Zemialkowski
is a watercolor artist.
- Cheryl Ziegert
Zimmerman works with Mishawaka Education Foundation, fundraising for School City of
Mishawaka students and cheering kids to
- Tom Zimmerman
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