Friday night football.
MHS vs. Clay. MHS won. Above, a bunch of MHS
folks gathered at the south-end 20-yard line.
Above are the other bunch
of MHS '68 folks who gathered at the north-end
20-yard line. About half-way through the game,
Doc Asher, Mike Bellovich, Bill Groth, and Tom
Grau decided, "Something's not right.
Suppose there are more folks gathered at the
other 20-yard line?" They went exploring and
found the other island of MHS '68 folks; then the
two islands visited back and forth for the rest
of the game.
|Keith Cooper was on
the field taking photos for the MHS
|Banner by Mary
Rhoade. Three folks arrived with
some old maroon & white: Alan
Stafford wore his letter sweater; Mary
Rhoade wore her cheerleader sweater; Tom
Grau wore his letterman's jacket.
In front, Mary Rhoade & Nanette Schnaible.
In back, Mary Ann Pechi, Lori Eiswald, &
Pizza after the
game, at Pasquale Rulli on Division Street.
Tammy Reed suggested that all join for pizza
after the game, and Mike Bellovich left the game
early to reserve tables.
Pizza after the
game: The check was covered really
simply: When the bill came, if you ate, you threw
in some money. Doc counted it and announced,
"We're a little short," and folks added
Saturday at Castle Manor. For
one day, anyone who ever had been part of the MHS
Class of 1968 had a home to come to. We had two
bathrooms, a double-appliance kitchen, a big
stone fireplace, plenty of space, tables &
chairs, and an outside grill. Merrifield Park and
the St. Joseph River were just outside. There was
plenty of parking and easy access for those with
physical handicaps. In the months before the
party day, printed invitations had been postal
mailed to everyone with a known address. The
mailing was done by Randi Baker, Alice Beard,
Donna Games, Carol Gramenz, Judy Greenlee, Marsha
Honald, Becky McCoy, Lois Rice, Mary Rhoade, and
shared coffee, donuts, and Alan Stafford's
freshly baked cookies, baked on site. Coffee was
from Mary Ann Pechi; donuts were from Pat McGee
and Tammy Reed. Randi Baker added to the hominess
of the Castle by cooking a big pot of her matzo
ball soup in the kitchen. That's Don Plummer
hunting for munchies.
Bob Van Arsdale
organized a six-car classic car show for us. He
brought his 1947 Ford Tudor sedan.
brought his 1970 Corvette.
Terry Conway brought his
1937 Chevy sedan.
Hoffman's 1965 Pontiac GTO.
The Van Arsdales' 1972 Nova SS,
driven by Bob's wife Debbie.
The Conways' 1950 Ford,
driven by Terry's wife Vickie.
Their Ford is black
and decorated with flames.
arrived, from California, and was greeted with
great joy. Judy is on the right.
The Camp Fire Girls:
Sharon Gill, Tammy Reed, Alice Beard, and Pat
McGee (who flew in from Arizona). When we were
children, the Mishawaka Council of Camp Fire
Girls owned Castle Manor. It was used for
sleepovers and for summer day camp. As children,
over 55 women from the MHS Class of 1968 were
involved with Camp Fire Girls (or Blue Birds).
Sharon's Camp Fire leader was her mother; others
in her group included Debbie Callsen, Vicki Long,
Jan Miller, Diane Roberts, Peggy Sinkovics, and
Cindy Waidner. Tammy and Pat's Camp Fire leader
was Mrs. Hysinger; others in their group included
Mary Carter, Pat Collins, Mary Jane Dexter, Pat
Hayden, Barb Hitchins, Margaret Hutchison, Sally
Hysinger, Susan Peterson, and Mary Rhoade.
Alice's Camp Fire leader was Mrs. Blankenhorn;
others in her group included Judy Blankenhorn,
Karen Broomall, Donna Games, Bev Magnuson, Pam
McCarter, Gail Myers, Gaelyn Nelson, and Lois
Rice. From a young age, we were taught the Camp
Fire motto: GIVE SERVICE! Before lunch, some of
the Camp Fire Girls joined in singing the Camp Fire Law.
Folks brought baby back ribs,
soup, pasta, chicken, meatloaf.
Someone grilled hot dogs. The
food appeared like "fishes
Lunch: Vickie and
Terry Conway with Debbie and Bob Van Arsdale.
Debbie is Debbie Schmidt, MHS '69. Table covers
and paper products came from Rose Wilkins.
Some ate outside under the pavilion. From left
are Randy Smith, George Roelandts, Keith Cooper,
and Dan Nicolini who flew in from Arizona. Chuck
Hoffman can be seen at the next picnic table.
After lunch: Time
for talking. At far left table, Kelly Guin talks
with Chuck Hoffman (back to camera) and Chuck's
wife Carol Jojo (MHS '69). At the table in the
front, Nanette Schnaible stands and talks with
Pam Craig (center) and Martha Zemalkowski (far
right). Standing in the center are Darlene Lennox
and Don Plummer. Nanette flew in from Mexico.
Stafford flew in from North Carolina and was
with her husband and their grandson. Lois
and her husband flew in from New Mexico.
Old Buddies: Phil
Stillson, Dave Hoskins, and Bill Hickey.
Bill lives in Arizona. As boys, they used
to play kick-the-can and dig tunnels
together. They grew up within a block of
each other in Normain Heights.
Becky Smith's daughter got to meet Randi
Sue Baker's daughter. Becky is the
red-headed "Cave Mama." Becky's
daughter is in front. Randi's daughter is
next to Becky. Randi's daughter flew in
from California and joined her mother who
flew in from New York City.
Old friends: Tony
Marando and Judy Greenlee
had not seen each other in over 40 years.
Tony's in back; Judy's on the left.
Marsha Honold's on the right.
From left: Pat Long, Paula
Lampert, Bob Lese, and Spider Draves. Bob
drove in from Cincinnati.
Mary Rhoade teaches in
Tim Bess was for many years
a school principal in Minnesota.
Becky Smith, Pam Craig, Marsha Honold.
Henry Catalino arrived to cook the
evening meal on site. With him is Bob
While Henry worked,
Steve Cunningham and Alice Beard
floated on an inner tube.
Mike Morrison brought the tube.
We sang Happy Birthday to Henry Catalino and Eve
Thompson. Birthday cakes were made and decorated
by Donna Games' sister, Bobbie Sue Phillips (MHS
'70). Eve turned 58; Henry turned 59.
Birthday kiss! Eve,
the legal secretary, got birthday kisses from Dr.
Alan Stafford and Dr. Steve Cunningham.
Supper was Henry's Italian garlic roasted
chicken with potatoes & green
peppers, and pasta on the side. Lined up
for food are (from left) Martha Jo
Probst, Becky Smith, Dan Nicolini, and
Paula Miller collected $5
from everyone who joined for supper, to
reimburse Henry for the cost of the food.
The $70 that was left over was donated to
St. Monica Catholic Church the next day
dinner fun: Spider Draves, a
professional pyrotechnician, brought some
toys to play with. He had a stack of
paper hot-air balloons, rigged with wax
plates at the bottom, and he had a blow
torch. Tony Marando held a balloon as
Spider heated the wax, which heated the
air inside the balloon. We released a
series of hot air balloons and watched
the lighted globes float in the sky over
with Dave Hoskins' band in downtown Mishawaka, at
the corner of Main Street and Lincoln Way, at
"The Phoenix" bar and grill. Dave's
band is called "M.G.B." The band is
recognized as the best bar band in the greater
Michiana area. Above, Dave is on the left. He
plays bass guitar, and he has played with various
bands for over 40 years. Back in high school, he
formed a group called "The Apple & the
Cookie." They would practice in the family
garage on Bastogne Avenue, in Normain Heights.
It was hot, and Jim Shown
stripped off some clothes.
Mary Rhoade and Tom Grau.
Alan Stafford, Dan
Nicolini, and Janis Crook.
and his band played until after 1:30 a.m.
High energy from 9:30 onward, with
several shout-outs to MHS '68.
Alice Beard and Pat Long
& kisses, and bye-bye!