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retired from teaching little children. She and
husband Al Marchant have three grandchildren.
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 saved
several lives while giving service to the
community. His working years were as a journeyman
sheetmetal worker. In 2003, Byron was inducted
into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
In August 2023, Byron and other one-time MHS
wrestlers who had been coached by Al Smith
gathered to honor Coach Smith at a restaurant in
Osceola. About three-dozen one-time wrestlers
from various classes were there.
Below is Byron visiting with Coach Al Smith:
Below, Byron and George
Roelandts share smiles:
Janis Crook and Pam Craig were
Ellie Allen died in 1996.
Dave Anderson died in 1985.
spent his working years as 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.
Gregg Baldoni died in 2017. His 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 medals and ribbons. Greg just wanted to
Jeff Barcus died in 1985.
Fran Barfell died in 2009.
Alice Marie Beard
reared children in her 30s and 40s. In her 50s
and 60s, she wrote law review
articles and amicus
briefs (Heller, McDonald, & Bruen). In her 70s, she taught 1st graders. She's a genealogist, and she probably
has the basic info on your
completed her bachelor's at IU and spent her
working years as a sales manager at a Fortune 500
company. She and hubby have a son. Toni enjoys
gardening, traveling, crocheting, and working on
various community service projects. She has been
a lifelong Michiana resident.
had 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.
Mike shared this photo, taken in late August 2018
in northern Canada, with Will Pooley. Fifty-one
years earlier, Will and Mike took their first
camping trip to northern Minnesota.
Tim Bess retired
as an elementary school principal in Minnesota.
He built a house in Arkansas and divides his time
between Arkansas and Minnesota.
died in 2009. She was a career U.S. Army civil
servant, working for the Soldiers Support
Institute and was constantly doing volunteer
service for soldiers.
retired in July 2016 after a long academic
career. In his last years in the academic world,
he was professor in the Graduate School of
Education at Rutgers. Previously, for 36 years he
was a student affairs administrator. In 2014, he
completed his seventh book. Greg and his wife
moved to Colorado to be near their daughter and
retired after many years as Chief Financial
Officer for an Elkhart company. She and her
husband bought a 49-foot Bavaria sailboat, and
they sail between Florida and the West Indies.
From Cheryl: "We have a mailing address in
Florida. It is a mail service that scans our
mail, and we get it online no matter where we
Here's Cheryl's view in April 2023. Cheryl's dog
has a better view than most folks. ;-)
and Penny Reynolds, in about 2000 (Pam on the
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.
architect, has been a continuing education
consultant to the design and construction
died in 2016.
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.
died in 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.
has had her own software business for several
spent decades 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 environment for
Performance Bike, and before that he had been a
senior V.P. with Golfsmith. At 70, he moved to
Panama. At 71, he moved to Medellin, Columbia,
where he did his own version of Taco Tuesday: He
made tacos and gave them to poor people who
survived on the streets. He learned to speak a
little Spanish. June 2022, Ken moved on to the
Philippines. Early 2023, he took a trip to
Camotes Island. He jumped off a cliff and lived
to tell about it. Yes, that's Ken in the photo,
in early 2023:
Cathy Bupp is
a psychotherapist. In 2004, she was living in
central Florida, in one of the 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:
moved to Florida after a career as coordinator of
elementary enrichment programs schoolwide for
P-H-M schools. Denny died in
Naples, Florida, July 26, 2020.
is an R.N. and has worked as a supervising nurse
on the open-heart team at St. Joseph Regional
Chris Carlson has
a quilting business and donates some of her
quilts for charitable projects.
retired after years of helping young people
battle cancer. She worked in an office of
Mary Carter died in 1993.
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;
died in 2015.
died in 2008.
was an R.N. at Memorial Hospital. She died in 2021.
Suzy Collins and Don
Plummer are another of the MHS '68
Keith Cooper put
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. Keith died in
Ron Cosner taught
German at LaVille High School.
retired after years of teaching 3rd graders at
Holy Family in Rochester, Michigan. She's
enjoying time with her grandchildren.
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 airplane pilot's
license. She has moved back to the Michiana area,
to enjoy Indiana's winters. ;-)
retired after 37 years as a "tooth
fairy." She owned and rented many 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 2011 wedding:
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."
Terry Crothers died in 2013.
Danny Culp died in 2015.
died in 2021. Professionally, she was an emergency
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."
Tom Daffron is
a retired electrician.
Bill Daily is
a retired engineer and a grandfather to three.
worked as Executive Director of Voluntary Action
Committee in Blacksburg, Virginia. Cheryl died in
Colleen Deal died in 2010.
Kerry Deardorff died June, 19,
2023. He was a social
worker who specialized in assisting
developmentally disabled adults.
Gene DeFauw died in 2012.
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.
is a retired 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
Joyce DeNeve died August 2,
Stan Denney (now
known as Stan Leslie) has a band called "Stan Leslie &
In The Pocket Band."
The band has performed several times at the
Mishawaka Summer Fest, and Sundays at East Race
in Seitz Park. You can hear Stan making music in this video from
2012. There's also some
of his music at Stan's personal
has been the contractor behind Riverside
Construction of Mishawaka.
died in 2019. Professionally, Mike was a mechanical
designer with an electronics firm in
has been 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
are two more grandchildren. Photo below shows
Mary Jane and hubby in 2008 in Hawaii.
Spider Draves died June 10, 2022. He was a career pyrotechnician and
made trips to China to buy fireworks for his
Mishawaka business. In the summer of 2010,
Spider's business collected enough food donations
to provide over 3,000 meals for the Penn Township
Food Pantry. He was boots-on-the-ground in
Vietnam and spent many years helping other
retired after years of owning and operating
"Zimmy's Tavern" in Union, Michigan.
Walt Eakins died in 2008.
and hubby live near Tampa, Florida. She's still
working, selling at a flea market in Webster,
Florida, where she's known as "the birdhouse
and fairy garden lady."
says her joy in life has been her eight
lives in Auburn, California. He works at 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. Tom
can be seen and heard in a video from October
2019: Forgotten Soldiers
Slide the bar to 02:32.
Tom with some hiking companions in 2021: HERE.
retired after decades as an electrician.
has been a marketing representative for a
Michiana business that provides non-medical care
for elderly people living at home.
has nine grandchildren.
put hubby Gerald DeWulf through
Purdue, raised their three children, and has been
active in charity work.
Al Evarts was
a musician, until the end. He died in 2018.
Tim Farr died in 1968.
died in 1971.
John Fisher is
an ordained minister, affiliated with South Side
General Baptist Church in Mishawaka. John has
married and buried several Mishawakans over the
died in 1968
died in 2018.
Tom Fry was a
vice-president with Frontier (formerly Verizon in
Indiana). Tom and his wife have two
Donna Games is
mom to two sons and two daughters and grandmother
of four girls. Donna and her husband travel the
world frequently. Among her many trips, she was
in Israel in 2012, in London in 2017, on a cruise
from Denmark to Russia in 2018. In spring of
2023, she was on a cruise across the Atlantic,
headed to Portugal, then Spain, then the French
Riviera, then Italy, and ultimately Rome.
Donna and her husband have a summer home in Ocean
City, Maryland. In summer of 2018, Alice Beard
stopped in there for a visit with Donna:
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.
Kathy Goeller died in 2018.
Dennis Graham died in 2015.
attorney, retired after a career as a partner at
the firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm. One of his
clients was the civil engineering firm FRP,
where, among the engineers, were Mike and Cosimo
Becky Greene died in 1980.
Judy Greenlee died in 2011. After 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.
died in 2015. She lived in Arkansas after high
school and retired after 34 years as an
elementary school teacher. Francie was survived
by three grandchildren.
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.
Jim Hallaert died in 1983.
attends worship services at Broadway Christian
Parish's United Methodist Church in South Bend.
Danny Joe Harbin died in 1969.
grandpa, managed environmental, health, &
safety for a campus of six buildings at a plant
southwest of Chicago; he retired after over 50
years with the same company. Bob teaches an earth
science class to home-schooled high-school kids.
For a few years, 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:
Steve Hartley died in 2014.
first grandchild was born in January 2016, a
grandson named Joseph Samuel Hass.
died in 1983.
Steve Hazen died in 2009.
Chris Heckaman has
been an interior designer.
retired after 34 years as a public school
teacher. In the past, she was an elected member
of the Yorktown School Board (Delaware Co.,
Susan Hess has
three grandchildren. In Susan's words, "We
are thrilled, of course." This is Susan's
"baby": Michiana Home Show: Michiana area building contractors,
builders, and suppliers gather once a year to
show what they've got to homeowners hunting for
designs. Susan has been arranging the three-day
event for many years.
retired after 40 years with the accounting firm
of 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 died in 2016, in Arizona, where she had moved after
decades as a Hoosier school teacher.
is married to his childhood sweetheart, Carol
Jojo. Chuck is general manager of Sonitrol
Security Alarms in Mishawaka.
retired after a career as a special education
teacher in Kokomo and moved to Florida.
lives in Lafayette. She has been active in VFW
and served as auxiliary president of Mishawaka's
VFW Post 360 and as 3rd district president. She's
mom to two daughters and grandma to six.
Linda Howe died in 1998. She retired from the U.S. Marine Corps
as a Master Sergeant.
retired from Mishawaka Utilities in January 2021.
He and his wife of 50+ years moved to Bradenton,
Florida. Their sons and grandsons are still in
Mishawaka. Until Dave retired, he was booked most
weekends performing with MGB, considered the best
bar band in Michiana. Photo is from January 2020,
in Steger, Illinois. By chance, the photo shows
Dave between images of Frank Sinatra and Elvis
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
Since 2022, Dave has been performing in the
Bradenton, Florida, area.
retired after a long career as a music teacher at
Pierre Moran Middle School in Elkhart.
Linda Howe died in 1998.
Peggy Huff died in 2017. She had lived on the West Coast since
the mid 1970s.
Hummer retired from a long career in
sales with CIM Technology Solutions. He and his
wife moved back to Mishawaka and live near Wilson
Park. They have three children and four
plans for September 2018 were to be sailing
rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, Larry was
in the hospital, undergoing surgery. Photo of
Larry is from 2010, on the beach in Florida.
retired from her career as a registered nurse.
After retiring, she road-tripped with her husband
for a few years before setting down in the north
Paul Huyvaert died in 2010.
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."
When she left the county prosecutor's
office, she moved on to being a legal assistant
in a private law office in Elkhart.
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.
moved to Florida after retiring from teaching. As
a teacher, he taught many Michiana young people
how to build houses.
died in 2008. She was a registered nurse.
is a registered nurse.
died in 2002.
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.
died in 2000.
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
died in 1974.
retired after a career of working for the city of
Mishawaka, making sure that, when folks turned on
the lights, they got light.
Kathy Koleszar raised
her grand-niece (granddaughter of her sister
Maryann, who died in 2009). Kathy worked for many
years at St. Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center in
patient financial services, and she has enjoyed
working with Afghan Hounds over the years.
Debbie Koepke had
a birthday party for her mom on her mom's 101st
birthday. Mrs. Koepke's 101st birthday was Feb.
5, 2021; Mrs. Koepke died in October 2022.
Jo Kozlowski is
an active family genealogist.
is a jewelry designer, making one-of-a-kind
pieces in gold and silver.
served for several years as president of the VFW
Post 360 Auxiliary, in Mishawaka.
died in 2013.
Paula Lampert is
a big fan of the M.G.B. band that included MHS
'68's Doug Overman and Dave Hoskins. On August
18, 2018, she was there to hear them perform.
After the performance, from left, Spider Draves,
Doug, Alice Beard, Paula, and Dave.
worked with deaf children. She learned to
communicate in sign language after her first
grandchild was born deaf.
Bob Lese has
been playing music professionally since he was a
teenager. Sound clips from Bob with the group
Magnolia Mountain are HERE and HERE. The other side of Bob is that he was a
Carpenters Union organizer and was executive
director of a coalition of groups in the
Cincinnati area that worked to help illegal
Larry Liffick is
a retired machinist.
Sue Lightner died in 2019.
Connie Lively died in 2016.
lives in Texas in the Dallas area. In 2017, he
became semi-retired after a long career in
customer service and purchasing. Jim and his wife
have two sons and a grandson who is 21 in 2023.
Here's a photo of Jim and his wife from 2023:
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:
has a horse farm called "Spring River
Al Maeyens 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 study, Al is active as
an Eastern Orthodox minister. You can see and
hear Al in his YouTube videos.
And you can hear Al here:
O Gladsome Light
Aside from that, 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 be reversed."
Here's Al one year after the stroke:
Stroke Anniversary Al Maeyens 1-year
Jim Manis died in 1968.
Elinor May worked
for the Davidson County Register of Deeds, in
Janice Matz died in 2001.
died in 2014.
moved back to Mishawaka after many years in
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 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
three granddaughters. In April 2010, she
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):
has three granddaughters, all beautiful!
Bob Mead 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. Some of the finest interior
designers in the Indianapolis area join forces to
redesign an entire house. The money raised is
donated to Indianapolis' St. Margaret's Hospital.
is a retired electrician.
lives in Colorado. She co-founded Golden Retriever
Freedom Rescue, a
501(c)(3) rescue group for golden retrievers.
Since 2001, the group has placed over 5,000 dogs
into permanent homes.
lives in Minnesota. She was widowed in 2013. God
smiled, and Paula found love again. She'll be
married again in August 2023.
is a fancy-cat fancier. For many years, she
raised and showed pedigreed Norwegian Forest
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.
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 has two grandsons.
Charles Mott died in 2011.
Jim Muhme moved
west, where he did an associate's in fire science
and a bachelor's degree in business sociology. He
was a firefighter in Montana and Colorado and was
a National Certified Fire Codes Inspector. After
retiring from the fire service, he moved back to
the Mishawaka area, attended culinary school, and
now works part-time as a chef at Four Winds
Betty Myers is
a registered nurse in Tennessee.
lives in the mountains of Colorado and enjoys
mountain hiking and snowshoeing with her husband.
She does a lot of knitting and a lot of shopping
for the perfect yarn. Her yarn collection
continues to grow. Gail retired after many years
as a Montessori teacher.
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,
ON THE SHOULDERS OF OTHERS WE STAND: THE ITALIAN DIASPORA AND THE STORY OF ONE ITALIAN-AMERICAN FAMILY.
retired after a career as 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
Dave Nevel is
an optician, with his own business in Columbus,
Ohio, and he's active in community service. He's
also a grandpa.
and Eve Thompson had some
visiting time in summer of 2017:
prosecuted major felonies for over 18 years in
Arizona before beginning private practice doing
criminal defense and then serving as the South
Tucson City Public Defender. He retired in 2020.
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
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
Maurice Nisley died in 2005.
Carol Ann Nix
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.
died in 2012.
has been making music since he was a kid. In
recent years, he performed with Dave Hoskins in
the MGB band. In 2013, Doug joined Dan Nicolini for some Russian
Photo shows Doug with the MGB band. Doug is on
the far right; Dave Hoskins is next to him:
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
Rick Paridaen is
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:
has designed office space, outdoor spaces,
backyards, and decorated interiors. She's
grandmother to five.
Jerry Parrish died in 2018. For 26 years he got kids safely to and
from school as a PHM school bus driver.
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
with their nine grandchildren.
grandmother of two, has moved back to Georgia
after a few years in Denver. She's an attorney
and has practiced labor and employment law, and
divorce law. Photo is from September 2017, when
Susan was backpacking in southern Ireland.
retired after 29 years as an award-winning
teacher at Emmons Elementary School.
headed the machine shop at Plymouth Foundry before retiring:
was a counselor at an alternative high school in
Wisconsin. He 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 in 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
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.
Richard Putz and
his wife, Marcia, will celebrate their 47th
wedding anniversary in May 2021. Here's a photo
of them from 2021, as they vacationed in Panama
retired after many years as a librarian for the
St. Joseph County Public Library. Tammy and
Hilary Asher are another of the long-married MHS
In May 2017, Tammy was the center 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 2010.
has four grandsons and two new hips. Autumn of
2012, she and her husband vacationed in St.
has two sons and seven grandchildren. She retired
after a career as a K-8 elementary school teacher
and librarian. In April 2010, Mary was in
California for a mini-reunion with Pat McGee and
Lois Rice has
had a long career managing dental offices, and
she's still at it in 2023.
Bill Richter died in 1991.
is an artist. She paints under the name
"Diana Roberts-Paschall" and signs her
art as "D. Roberts-Paschall." Found
Sue Robinson died in 2017.
Claude Rogers died in 2013.
retired in July 2013 after a long career as
principal at NorthWood Middle School in Wakarusa.
In 2023, George and his wife cruised around the
Mediterranean, stopping in at Dubrovnik and other
cities in the Adriatic Sea, before spending time
Toby Roose has
three sons and has worked for Meridian Title in
South Bend. She still live in Mishawaka.
Bob Ruthrauff died in 2007.
Craig Salyer died December 16,
spent his working years as a journeyman plumber.
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
Sheryl Scott died in August
2022. She spent her
professional life working with the mentally ill
and teaching others how to work with the mentally
ill. She was especially proud of her work that
helped military veterans who were dealing with
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
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
has been the mayor of Wellsville, NY, since 2016. It's a small village with
a downtown area reminiscent of Mishawaka of the
1960s. In 2023, Randy is working towards securing a large
grant for Wellsville.
In addition to being village mayor, Randy has
been Director of Resource Management for Otis
Eastern Service for many years.
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.
retired from teaching music in the PHM schools.
Tom Smith died in 2000.
is still working, making offices run smoothly.
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 studied religion
before joining the Navy as a chaplain. Brenda has
lived in Florida since 1996.
Mike Squibb lives
in Florida and is out fishing every day possible.
began as a dentist and moved into doing business
consulting, motivational speaking, and life
coaching, helping people through transitions. For
pleasure, he would fly his own plane. Two of
Alan's three sons served in Iraq. Alan has six
Mike Stickles died in 1992.
retired in 2013 as assistant principal at Elkhart
Central High School. He was with Elkhart
Community Schools for 37 years -- a teacher, a
coach, and an administrator. He and wife Barb
(Kleiser, MHS '69) have four grandchildren: two
girls and two boys.
Christmas of 2019 delivered a miracle for Phil --
a new heart and a new kidney. Here's Phil four
weeks after those surgeries -- up, walking, and
And by 2022, Phil was celebrating his 52nd
wedding anniversary, going to the theater,
bicycling, and golfing with friends. In June
2022, Phil hit a hole-in-one at 142 yards.
psychologist, retired from the Division of
Scientific Review at Nat'l Inst. of Child Health
& Human Development. Bob studied
post-traumatic stress among soldiers. He retired
from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel and has
Richard Stuff died in 2008.
worked as a social worker in Texas and spent a
quarter of a century working in hospice care.
Mary Ellen Sweeney
retired after many years as Mishawaka's Chief
Wava Marie Sweet
died in 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
Joe Swift and
Spider Draves joined forces with the Marine Corps
League for Christmas 2019. The League spent
$10,000 on Toys for Tots. Spider said, "The
Meijer store had to restock all of the toy
aisles. It seems we made an impact on the toy
department." Both Joe and Spider were
boots-on-the-ground in Vietnam:
Jackie Swonger died in 2005.
has been superintendent of
the P-H-M schools since
2006. Before that, he was superintendent of
Logansport schools for eight years.
In 2023, Jerry handed Debbie Koepke's grandson
his Penn High School diploma:
Ron Thibos is
Assistant Professor and Chairman of his
department at IVY Tech in Kokomo. He teaches
industrial & occupational safety.
lives in southeast Arizona. He retired as
Director of Public Works, in Willcox, Arizona.
moved to Arizona to be near her son and grandson
after a long career as a legal secretary.
Jimmie Trovatore died in 2001.
oldest grandchild completed his J.D. at U. of
Arizona. A few years back, Mike 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.
died in 2016.
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:
Beverly Vance died in 1991.
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.
lives in Texas, near his son who is a police
officer. Ray also has a daughter and five
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 has also taught dance at Saint Mary's
College. In 2022, she was recognized for her 50
years with the Chicago National Association of
Dance Masters, an organization that promotes
education in the world of dance. Here's Debbie's
photo from 2022:
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 2009:
retired as secretary in the Buildings &
Grounds Department of the School City of
Mishawaka, after decades of service.
Ronnie Williams died in 1994.
Jack Wilson died in 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 1987.
(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.
raised her three sons while teaching school. She
retired in May 2012 after 40 years of teaching 5-
and 6-year-olds in West Lafayette. She has two
retired after 35 years as a teacher in Mishawaka,
the last 22 years teaching 2nd graders at
David Zeigler died in 2007.
Marty Zemialkowski is
a watercolor artist.
died in 2015.
Tom Zimmerman died in 1988.
There are memorial pages for the known MHS '68
dead at findagrave.com, HERE.
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