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
|Keith Cooper was on the field taking
photos for the MHS football team.
|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
The Cheerleaders: 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
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 more cash.
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
Early comers 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
Bob VanArsdale organized a
six-car classic car show for us. He brought his
1947 Ford Tudor sedan.
George Roelandts brought his
Terry Conway brought his
1937 Chevy sedan.
Chuck Hoffman's 1965
The VanArsdales' 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.
Judy Greenlee arrived, all the
way from California, and was greeted with great
joy. Judy is on the right.
Old 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 old Camp Fire Girls
joined in singing the Camp Fire Law.
potluck. Folks brought
baby back ribs, soup, pasta,
chicken, meatloaf. Someone
grilled hot dogs. The food
appeared like "fishes and
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.
Lunch alfresco: 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.
Siesta: Alan Stafford flew in
from North Carolina and was tired.
Lois Rice 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.
Next generation: 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
Two educators: Mary
Rhoade teaches in Cleveland.
Tim Bess was for many years a school
in Minnesota. He now lectures and trains
to defeat racism.
Three monkeys: Becky Smith, Pam
Craig, Marsha Honold.
Chef arrives: Henry
Catalino arrived to cook the evening meal
on site. With him is Bob Lese.
While Henry worked,
Steve Cunningham and Alice Beard
floated in the river on a big inner tube.
Michael Morrison brought the tube.
Happy Birthday! 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 time: 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 Michael
Paula Miller collected $5 from everyone
who joined for supper, to reimburse Henry
for the cost of the food. The seventy
that was left over was donated to
St. Monica Catholic Church the next day.
|After 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 the river.
Party continued 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
Mary Rhoade and Tom Grau.
Alan Stafford, Dan Nicolini, and Janis
Dave Hoskins 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!