Mishawaka High School Class of 1968

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, Michigan."
  • 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) six grandchildren.
  • 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 2015: Gay Rights Strengthen Gun Rights. Alice continues her genealogical research, concentrating on Hufford genealogy in recent years.
  • 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 Council.
  • 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 granddaughter. 
  • Cheryl Bobson is a Certified Public Accountant and the Chief Financial Officer for an Elkhart company. She and her husband have 11 grandchildren.
  • Pam Bollaert and Penny Reynolds, in about 2000 (Pam on the right):
    Pam and Penny
  • Roger Brady (Licensed Architect) is a continuing education consultant to the design and construction industry.
  • 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 Officer.
  • Karen Broomall died 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 community.
  • Brenda Burkett, Toby Roose, Debbie Koepke, and Sonia Kristoff all looked beautiful at a church event in 2010:
    four beauties!
  • 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 open-heart team.
  • 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 Hospital.
  • 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 license.
  • 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:
    Pam and daughter Pam and son
  • 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 years."
  • 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 corporations.
  • Tom Daffron is an electrician.
  • Bill Daily is an engineer and a grandfather to three.
  • 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 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 construction.
  • 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.
    Mary Jane and husband
  • 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 America.
  • Jim Dygulski is semi-retired after years of owning and operating "Zimmy's Tavern" in Union, Michigan.
  • 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:
  • Clara Eberlein says her joy in life is her eight grandchildren.
  • 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 Soldier Program. 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 Instead, a 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 many years.
  • 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: 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 2008.
  • 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; it's HERE.
  • Frances Grisham died 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 Hass.
  • 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 Lutheran in Joliet, Illinois. The photo below shows Bob (far right) and his wife after some rock collecting at a copper mine in Michigan:
    Bob Harringer, wife, and friends
  • 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 school teacher.
  • 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 grandchildren.
  • Barb Hitchins died in 2016, in 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.
  • Robert "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, working on the 2012 Memorial Day Parade
    -photo by Keith Cooper
    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 Al Evarts:
  • Cindy Houghton retired after a long career as a music teacher at Pierre Moran Middle School in Elkhart.
  • 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 mid 1970s.
  • 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.
    Larry Humphrey
  • 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 State.
  • Joe Jasiewicz moved to Florida after retiring from teaching. As a teacher, he taught many Michiana young people how to build houses.
  • 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 cross-country skiing.
  • 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 Bend hospital.
  • Jo Kozlowski is a bank teller and has survived four bank robberies.
  • 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 are Bridgewood Players and Magnolia Mountain. Bob 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.
    Bob Lese
  • Larry Liffick is a machinist.
  • Sue Lightner had a kidney tranplant in 2005; she has recovered well.
  • 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 Canadian Rockies:
    Patrick Long
  • 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 podcasts online. 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 delightfully happy.  
  • 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 window): 
    Pat McGee
  • 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 healthy. Since March 2011, she has been an Area Director with BNI (Business Network International) for Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin.
  • Patti 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 Department.
  • 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 Tennessee.
  • 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 grandchildren.
  • Gilbert "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 the balalaika, Dan plays his clarinet and his violin with various music groups.
    Dan Nicolini
  • 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 China.
  • 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 Diamond Lake.
  • 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 schools.
  • 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 Elementary School.
  • Don Plummer headed the machine shop at Plymouth Foundry.
    Don Plummer
  • 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 northern Ontario:
    Hilary, Mike, Will
  • 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.
    Timothy Przygocki and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tammy Reed is a librarian for the St. Joseph County Public Library. Tammy and Hilary Asher are another of the long-married MHS '68 couples.
  • 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 Hysinger:
    Mary, Pat, 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 2013.
  • George Roelandts retired in July 2013 after a career as principal at NorthWood Middle School in Wakarusa.
  • 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 religious crusade.
  • 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 dolls.
  • Terry Schwier was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1991, after 21 years of military service.
  • 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 thoroughly!"
  • Randy Shayler is Director of Resource Management for Otis Eastern Service in Rochester, New York, and gives service in his community as President 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 grandchildren.
  • 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 safety.
  • Jim Thomas lives in southeast Arizona. He retired as Director of Public Works, in Willcox, Arizona.
  • 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:
    Bob Van Arsdale, and car
  • 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 studio. 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 is an elected member of the Waterloo Town Council. Here's Glenda at her cafe:
    Glenda White
  • Rosemarie Wilkins is the secretary in the Buildings & Grounds Department of the School City of Mishawaka.
  • Jack Wilson died May 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 grandchildren.
  • 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 tricks.
  • 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 academic success.
  • NOTE:
    There are memorial pages for 56 of the known 60 dead at,

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