Class of 1964

Class of 1963

Class of 1963 last year Front:  John Weber, Jeanene Pifer, Barbara Mosiman Gerber, Barbara Miller Kornhaus, Ellen Hostetler Sprunger, Eileen Schultz Burry, Suzanne Diller Stauffer, Judy Mull Pierman, Marilyn Driver Helser, Edna Morrow Lehman, Joenita Shetler Clemens, Jeanette Sprunger Bechtel, Joyce Oyer Frey

Middle:  Sandra Grosvenor Gruenbaum, Bob Suter, Janis Lantz Stover, Barbara Van Orsdall, Ron Conrad, Harold Stockman, Don Knight, Dennis Risser, Dennis Bishop, Willis Stemen, Neil Lehman, Howard House, Louise Pankratz Kreider, Sara Radebaugh Eberhard , Alice Widder Gelsanliter, Bertha Mae Reiff Neuenschwander

Back:  Rudy Isaac, Frank Swartz, Richard Brooks, Stan Clemens, Art Smucker, James (Mike) Ewer, Jim Larimer, Garold Burkholder, Dave Bower, Glenn Baughman
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1964 Class notes

      

Attending May Day?

Louise Mohr Butcher: I fill my time with reading, baking, church work, choir directing, and grandchildren's activities. Never a dull day!

  No

Elaine Engelman Propst: My husband Lee & I have 2 married children and 3 grandchildren. I spend my time working part-time, reading, crafts, church choir and traveling (hoping to see all 50 states).

  No

Linda King Robinson: I retired from public school music teaching in 2007. Since then, I work part-time for the Foundation for Music - Band Learning. I designed and now administer "Music for Learning" program in the Head Start Center. I am very active in church activities - I lead music for children's chapel. I'm also involved in Daughters of the King, Community Cupboard, and other outreach activities.

  No

Ruby Bixel Logan: After retiring, I discovered there really was life beyond the classroom. I quickly adapted to having more time to do the things I enjoyed. My interests include reading, exercising, baking, golfing, and gardening. A few years ago I began quilting, which now occupies much of my time.

  Yes 

Joe Haning: My wife Janet and I are both retired teachers. We enjoy going on trips and attending St Louis Cardinals baseball games as well as Bradley University basketball games.

  No

Shirlee Ward Zerkel: My husband Gary and I lead a very quiet life. Most of our travelling involves visiting family and friends. We usually go to Kansas once or twice a year to visit our son and his family, but some health issues prevented that this past year. We also enjoy gardening, both vegetable and flowers. I enjoy preserving the garden and orchard produce. I also love to quilt, read, and sew for our my grand-daughter. I help the quilt clubs with their charity projects. We make mastectomy pillows for the local hospitals and quilts for ill or abused children. Since retirement from teaching, I have been active in CORE, Concerned Ohio Retired Educators. It is an organization that keeps watch on the happenings at the State Teachers Retirement System.

  Yes

Nancy Patterson Fruchey Tripp: In March of 2014 I married my wonderful husband, Jerry Tripp after being widowed for nine years. We spend time attending many sports events at the Bluffton schools watching our grandchildren compete in various sports. We love to play golf and billiards, as well as travel as the opportunity arises. Jerry is an active high school sports coach. He loves to help the grandkids grow in their sports and be able to spend that special time with them. I sing in the Barbarettes here in Bluffton. We attend and volunteer at the First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. I love to bowl and Jerry plays in several billiard leagues so we are always busy. We love to walk and make that a daily priority.

  Yes

Sandy (Raber) Wingard: I enjoy working, grandparenting, doing yard work (replaced this winter by snow shoveling), watching college basketball, listening to good music attending local music events and walking around our six acres in the country.

   

Beth (Berkey) Hamman: Still working. Own Berkey Trophies in Smithville. Active members of Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville. We enjoy following grandchildren's school and sports activities. They all live within an hour of us.

 

Yes

George Hostetler: I drive to car auctions five or six days a week for a Bluffton used car dealer. I also am the scoreboard operator for Bath High School and Bluffton University football and basketball games and am treasurer of Lima Mennonite Church.

 

Yes

Linda Ritchie Crhristman: I try to stay active with aerobic step class, biking and walking. We help with our 5 grandchildren when needed (2 in Findlay and 3 in Plain City). Since I love to cook, I volunteer at our church to bake cookies for coffee hour and meals for memorial services. My husband Larry and I love to travel and look forward and look forward to a trip to Cayman Islands this summer with our 2 grandsons. In August we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

 

Yes

Phillip Kingsley: I farm our 40-acre farm, my wife Judy's Hilty family farm, two miles outside Bluffton, where I grow organic crops, including heritage wheat, oats, hay and several varieties of nuts. I also serve as president of the Swiss Community Historical Sociey of Bluffton and Pandora. I am a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, where I sing in the Chancel Choir. I enjoy visiting grandkids and trying to keep up with their activities.

 

Yes

Mary Ann Brillhart Berg: I spend my time with family & church activities, serving on state & national level promoting Certified Hereford Beef & the beef industry, and developing and maintaining a cow/calf beef operation and income tax service with husband, Jerry.

 

Yes

Ralph and Sally (Williams) Pitzer: We both are involved in various church activities. Ralph has developed a love of golf! I enjoy singing in two choirs, quilting, membership in P.E.O. and a book club. We both love to read. We travel periodically, usually making 2 to 3 trips to Ohio and Mich. to visit family.

 

Yes

Stephen Von Gunten: I am semi-retired from over 40 years in accounting management with several corporations. I currently work for the Ohio Schools Council as a consultant which develops programs to save money for public schools in Ohio. My wife Alona (retired RN) and I have six children and 17 grandkids living in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Maryland. We are active in our church (Christian & Missionary Alliance) serving in several areas. I have made several trips to Gabon, West Africa, and Santiago, Chile, doing hospital audits at hospitals our church supports. We enjoy spending time in Florida with our friends (Phil Sprunger and Carl Liechty) during the winter months. God has blessed us with good health and many friends here in Toledo, Ohio.

 

Yes

Jim Powell: I participate regularly in community theaters in southeast Indiana. I am a retired special ed teacher who continues to work as an independent certified orientation and mobility specialist teaching travel skills to blind/visually impaired children and adults.

 

Yes

LYLE TROYER: I am married with children, and spend my time working for the church and traveling.

 

Yes

Marilyn Ayers Beerman: We volunteer for CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts) and I work as a standardized patient at the OSU College of Medicine. We volunteer at Faith Mission through our church. We love movies and spending time with family and friends. We had a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary trip to France last year.

 

No

Sandra "Sandy" Diller Rinnert: I love to read and do some gardening. I have a lung condition that makes doing activities difficult. I enjoy going to my older granddaughters' activities of soccer and horse shows. I am a member of Westerville Community United Church of Christ. Several book clubs are interesting to attend. I retired from teaching from the Anthony Wayne Local School District, teaching at Waterville Elem.

 

No

Richard S. Boshart: I volunteer for hospice and am a driver for parolees of prison ministry program. I am also a piano tuner for Lebanon area customers. I continue to sing in church choirs and local community events.

 

Yes

AnnIE (cathy) Bauman Boshart: I volunteer for hospice as well as for the local hospital human resource office and the local prison ministry thrift store.

 

Yes

Agnes (Schutz) DaCosta: My husband and I will celebrate our 44th anniversary in August. We are both retired and enjoy the climate here in North Carolina, gardening, our church activities: circle, Bible study, Savvy Senior Saints, choir for Andre.

 

Unsure

Don C. Beer: I am still working as a Chemical / Metrology Engineer & Research Scientist (Merck Pharmaceutical / Schering-Plough Inc.) I am active in the Gideons International Association (area Chaplin) and our local church. My wife and I work in the pre-school ministry in our church. I enjoy snow skiing at Tahoe Lake near Reno, NV where our daughter lives. Other interests include exercise, skiing, fishing, travel, reading, yard work, teaching pre-school Sunday school.

 

Yes

Marti Wyse Yoder: I spend my time volunteering, organizing people and events and traveling, mostly to Calif. to visit our family.

 

No

Sandra Lawson Buffenbarger: In the summer we spend our time at our cottage on Indian Lake. During the winter we stay in Ohio and complain about the weather! Being retired allows me to pursue interests such as reading, knitting, travelling, boating, collecting elegant glass, i.e. Cambridge, and spending time with family.

 

Yes

Dennis Kear: I met my wife during the first week of our freshman week. We will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary during class reunion weekend. Our children were very athletic and we were involved with their sport and academic activities. Currently we try to keep up with our grandchildren. They are all involved in sports so soccer games, football games and track meets along with swim meets keep us on the go. Connie and I are also active in our church. We serve on various committees and mission projects. We enjoy golf and travel. We read during most evenings. 

 

Yes

Connie Patterson Kear: Denny and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on May 2, 2014 while we are at our 50th class reunion in Bluffton. Following our grandkids sporting events all around the country. We play golf, gardening, reading and active in our church, Lake U.M. Sing in Woman's ensemble, choir, council, committees, Gathering Place, woman's circle, got to fitness center 3-4 times a week, travel. Listening to classical music. Everyday I try to play the piano, viola, or my clarinet. After 40 years, I am enjoying my instruments again. 

 

Yes

Lewis Naylor: I volunteer at Goshen College where I am listed as an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry. In reality I enjoy working as the engineer behind The Goshen College Composter, units in which all of the college's food waste is composted, and where the compost used on campus. During this spring term I have also provided leadership to a group of enthusiastic students studying Elkhart River water quality. While my engineering/composting consulting activities have diminished, the work continues to provide satisfaction and mental stimulation.

 

Yes

Donald Campbell: Retired from 30 years of teaching/coaching at the secondary level. In retirement, river cruising in Europe with wife, sailing on Long Island Sound, gardening, reading, and walking.

 

No

Jay Martin: Since retiring as conservation administrator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in October 2007, Ruth and I have enjoyed spending the winters in Palm Springs, Calif. At home in Lancaster, Pa., we are involved in our church, Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. We enjoy friends and family, entertaining, reading, attending concerts, Longwood Gardens and visiting New York City among other places. In addition, I volunteer in several capacities with Hospice and Community Care in Lancaster. This has been very meaningful and rewarding.    Yes