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Pat Adams retired from teaching little children.
She and husband Al Marchant have three
wrote in 2008, "After 30 years as a police
officer, I reinvented myself as a wine buyer for
a small market in Chelsea, Michigan."
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 was inducted
into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Ellie Allen died in 1996.
Dave Anderson died in 1985.
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.
after a career with Brooklyn AIDS Task Force.
Here's Randi on YouTube, presenting at a conference.
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 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 Mishawaka.
Jeff Barcus died in 1985.
Fran Barfell died in 2009.
has published law review
articles on the 2nd Amendment. She also does genealogical research
with original records dating back to the 1600s.
As an outgrowth of maintaining contact info, she
has done basic genealogies on most MHS '68 folks.
Ask her, and she'll tell you about 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 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.
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. 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 have moved to Colorado to be near their
daughter and granddaughter.
been the Chief Financial Officer for an Elkhart
company. She and her husband have 11
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, is a continuing education consultant
to the design and construction industry.
died in 2016.
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.
Brown has her
own software business.
Ken Brugh has 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
enviroment for Performance Bike, and before that
he had been a senior V.P. with Golfsmith.
Cathy Bupp 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.
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
Callsen is an
R.N. and has worked as a supervising nurse on the
open-heart team at St. Joseph Regional Medical
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 cats."
has a quilting business and donates some
of her quilts for charitable projects.
retired after years of helping young people
battle cancer while working 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
among the nine married couples from the Class of
'68. Two daughters; nine grandchildren.
died in 2015.
died in 2008.
Claeys is an
R.N. at Memorial Hospital.
and Don Plummer are another of the MHS
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
Ron Cosner teaches 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.
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
Pam Craig retired after 37 years as a "tooth
fairy." She owns 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:
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.
is an emergency room nurse and grandma to three
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
Bill Daily is
an engineer and a grandfather to three.
as Executive Director of Voluntary Action
Committee in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Colleen Deal died in 2010.
is a social worker who sometimes runs in
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 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
DeNeve and her
husband moved back to South Bend to be closer to
family. They purchased a condo and did a complete
(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.
Gary Derbin is
the contractor behind Riverside Construction of
is a mechanical designer with an electronics firm
is an engineer in charge of hospital
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.
Draves is a
pyrotechnician and has made trips to China to buy
the best for his Spiderworks-Fireworks. 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.
has 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."
her joy in life is her eight grandchildren.
living 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.
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.
hubby Gerald DeWulf through
Purdue, raised their three children, and is
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 is a
vice-president with Frontier (formerly Verizon in
Indiana). He and his wife celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary in Manhattan on the weekend
of MHS '68's 45-year reunion: tickets to David
Letterman, a play, and a fancy restaurant. Tom
has two grandchildren.
Games is mom
to two sons and two daughters and grandmother of
four little girls. In early 2012, Donna and
Daughter #1 traveled to Israel. In 2017, Donna
traveled to London to see her daughter. In 2018
she took a cruise from Denmark to Russia and made
stops and visits along the way. Summer of 2018,
she took a little time to visit with Alice Beard
in Ocean City, Maryland:
is a genealogist. In addition to doing her own
research, she maintains an excellent web site for
genealogists researching St. Joseph County
died in 2018.
Dennis Graham died in 2015.
attorney, has retired after a career as a partner
at Drewry Simmons
Vornehm. One of his
clients was the civil engineering firm FRP, where
Mike and Cosimo Natali spent their careers as
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. In 2009,
Judy sent a special note.
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.
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.
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, 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
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
first grandchild was born in January 2016, a
grandson named Joseph Samuel Hass.
died in 1983.
Steve Hazen died in 2009.
Chris Heckaman is
an interior designer.
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; 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 course."
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 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 the general manager of Sonitrol
Security Alarms in Mishawaka.
has been a special education teacher in Kokomo.
Linda Howe died in 1998. She retired from the U.S. Marine Corps
as a Master Sergeant.
his wife of 50+ years have two sons and five
grandsons. Dave is booked most weekends
performing with MGB, 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 Presley.
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
retired after a long career as a music teacher at
Pierre Moran Middle School in Elkhart.
back in Mishawaka after living for many years
just south of Mexico City, Mexico. While in
Mexico, she did some writing about Mexico, as seen by a
Linda Howe died in 1998.
Peggy Huff lives in Washington
state. Has lived on the West Coast since the mid
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."
For over 20 years, she has been a legal
assistant at Cohen Law Offices 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.
Jensen is a
died in 2002.
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.
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.
Tim Kobb has retired after a career of working
for the city of Mishawaka, making sure that, when
folks turned on the lights, they got light.
is raising 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.
Jo Kozlowski spent
decades as a bank teller and survived four bank
robberies. She's an active family genealogist.
Krekelas is a
jewelry designer, making one-of-a-kind pieces in
gold and silver.
Becky Kuhn has served for several years as
president of the VFW Post 360 Auxiliary, in
died in 2013.
is a big fan of the M.G.B. band that
includes MHS '68's Doug Overman and Dave Hoskins.
August 18, 2018, she was there to hear them
perform. After the performance, hugs all around.
From left, Spider Draves, Doug, Alice Beard,
Paula, and Dave.
with deaf children. She learned to communicate in
sign language after her first grandchild was born
Bob Lese has been playing music professionally
for more than 50 years. His gigs vary widely,
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.
(a.k.a. Stan Denney)
Larry Liffick is
Sue Lightner died in 2019.
Connie Lively died in 2016.
Jim Locke 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.
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: Spring River Ranch.
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
studying, Al is active as an Eastern Orthodox
minister and has educational
podcasts online. Aside
from religious education, Al has a story to tell
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 works
for the Davidson County Register of Deeds, in
Janice Matz died in 2001.
died in 2014.
back to Mishawaka after many years in Florida.
She reports that she is delightfully happy.
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
Pat has four 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. 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
is an electrician.
in Colorado. She co-founded Golden Retriever
Freedom Rescue, a
501(c)(3) rescue group for golden retrievers. The
group has placed over 3,100 dogs into permanent
homes since 2001.
in Minnesota and helps others stay healthy.
a fancy-cat fancier. For many years, she raised
and showed pedigreed Norwegian Forest Cats.
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.
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
Charles Mott died in 2011.
Myers is a
registered nurse in Tennessee.
Gail Myers 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
daughter gave birth to twin boys in autumn 2004.
That makes three grandchildren for Gaelyn.
Dave Nevel is another grandpa from the class. He's
an optician, with his own business in Columbus,
Ohio, and he's active in community service.
and Eve Thompson had some
visiting time in summer of 2017:
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 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.
Nix is working
on 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.
died in 2012.
been making music since he was a kid. These days
he performs with Dave Hoskins in the MGB band. In
2013, Doug joined Dan Nicolini for some Russian
music. (Doug's 2nd fb page.)
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
is a grandpa.
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
designs office space, does interior decorating,
and designs outdoor space and backyards. 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.
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, is now living in Denver and
practicing labor and employment law, after years
of divorce law in Georgia and the Carolinas.
She'd had a vacation home in Colorado for many
years and decided 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.
retired after 29 years as an award-winning
teacher at Emmons Elementary School.
the machine shop at Plymouth Foundry.
Pooley 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.
Tammy Reed was a librarian for the St. Joseph
County Public Library. Tammy and Hilary Asher are
another of the long-married MHS '68 couples.
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.
four grandsons and two new hips. Autumn of 2012,
she and her husband vacationed in St. Lucia:
Rhoade 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 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.
Bill Richter died in 1991.
Sue Robinson died in 2017.
Claude Rogers died in 2013.
retired in July 2013 after a career as principal
at NorthWood Middle School in Wakarusa.
Toby Roose has three sons and has worked for
Meridian Title in South Bend. She still live in
Bob Ruthrauff died in 2007.
Steve Saros is
a journeyman plumber.
is a missionary in western Mexico. In 2009, she
was in Kenya, Africa, on a religious crusade.
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
has been director of mental health education at a
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
is mayor of Wellsville, New
7,000); he was elected in 2016. He also is Director of Resource
Management for Otis Eastern Service. Back in
2001, Randy was inducted into the MHS 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.
has retired from teaching music in the PHM
Tom Smith died in 2000.
still working, making offices run smoothly.
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 studied religion before
joining the Navy as a chaplain. Brenda has lived
in Florida since 1996.
lives in Florida and is out fishing
every day possible.
began as a dentist and moved into doing 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 1992.
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. 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 smiling:
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 and has
Richard Stuff died in 2008.
Stutzman is a
social worker in Texas and has spent a quarter of
a century working in hospice care.
Mishawaka's Chief Deputy Clerk.
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
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.
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.
Mike Unruh 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.
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.
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.
a dance studio, with 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.
lives in Texas, near his son who is a police
officer. Ray also has a daughter and five
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.
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.
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
after 35 years as a teacher in Mishawaka, the
last 22 years teaching 2nd graders at Battell.
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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