Class of 1978

Let your classmates know what you are doing. Complete an online alumnote questionnaire. With your permission we will add it to this Web site and include it in the Bluffton magazine. 

Julia Szabo
Director of Alumni Engagement 

 

Class notes

 

Attending May Day?

 

Kim (Atkinson) BakerI was blessed with a 35-year teaching career from which I retired in 2013 from Holgate Local Schools. My husband, Luke, and I have three grown sons. Our sons are world travelers and are successful in their chosen fields of work. One of our family adventures took us to Japan to see our oldest son who was teaching English as a second language in that country. My husband and I are officially retired. We enjoy farming and also have honey bees and a small orchard. I continue to use my artistic talents by creating handmade books in which I incorporate my own monotype prints. Currently, I am teaching art lessons in a homeschool setting. We remain active in our church; local, district and synod. I now understand the statement made by other retirees that one is busier in retirement than when they were working. We have been blessed with a loving family, dedicated friends, and good health. May God Bless all of you.

  YES
 

Cathy (Beery) Berg
Life has been interesting and always changing in the past 40 years: Working with older adults and my love of books and information resulted in working at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community (Ill.), Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Ohio) and Greencroft Goshen Retirement Community (Ind.) currently. Marrying later in life provides joy with Terry Berg (spouse) and 2 sons, Justin (graduating BU 2019) and Zachary (graduating PU 2021). Enjoying the beauty and people of the many places I've lived and now being in the vibrant community of Goshen, Ind., and being able to walk to event/activities. 

  YES
 

Marie Yoder Dyck 
Rodney and I live along the banks of the Riley just west of Bluffton where we enjoy gardening, beekeeping, watching birds, bike rides, walks and nature. A recently added solar array assists the passive solar earth sheltered home we built 33 years ago. Visits to children in Santa Fe, NM and New York, as well as an upcoming trip to India with Rodney's siblings and offspring, are all greatly anticipated.

  YES
 

Cynthia (Coppola) Edington
I am a retired special education teacher / intervention specialist who enjoys being involved in church activities and spending time with my family, which includes my husband and 3 grown children. I also enjoy taking water fitness classes, spending time with friends and working at our family's hardware store. I am especially looking forward to being a first time "Nona"- that's Italian for Grandma !
Enjoy our 40th year class reunion celebration !

  No
 

Julie (Slaydon) Henderson

  yes
 

Mark Hilty 
I have discontinued the practice of primary care internal medicine and am transitioning to new medical interests. Maryanne continues to practice cardiology in Fall River MA.
I am currently enjoying time off to be with my high school age children Katie and C.J..

  Yes
 

Louise (Lehman) and Lawrence Matthews
Louise serves as the director of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center and Lawrence as development associate at Bluffton University. We live in the farm house at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve and enjoy long bike rides, visiting children and grandchildren, and hosting students and other guests in our home. We look forward to sharing May Day weekend with many of you from the class of 1978!

  yes
 

Kristin (Isaak) and Tim (`79) Neufeld
Kristin and Tim have lived in Goshen, Ind., for 30 years. They have one son, Kurt, who is married to Liz Gunden.

  YES
 

GALEN PENNER 
I live in Rochester, Ill., and am pastor of the Rochester Mennonite Church. 

  Yes
 

Joseph D. Recker 
My wife of 38 years, Dr. Anna Horstman, and I are empty nesters. Our four children have moved onto independence including a pediatrician, 2 CFAs and a junior high principal. We both continue to work full time, farming, a medical practice and a few other adventures that we still enjoy.

  YES
 

Ellen Schultz
I am a retired Special Education teacher from Wapakoneta City Schools after 35 years. I worked at most of the grade levels finishing with 10 years at the high school. I now do more volunteering at my church, like helping with the Senior Citizen luncheon we do six times a year. I also teach Sunday School and sing in the choir. My dad died in April 2017 so I spend more time helping my mom. My mother, brother and I are still traveling in our camper. In my lifetime, I have been in all 48 continental states. We already have our trip planned for this year. I hope to see my classmates at the reunion!

  Yes
 

Emily (Velasquez) and John (`79) Semenik
Emily retired from Medina City Schools in 2013 where she taught choral/general music to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Since then, she and her husband, John `79 have been enjoying following their grown children to the many activities of their grandchildren which include soccer, baseball, basketball, choir, orchestra and band activities. When not with their children or grandchildren, they have fun attending the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square in Cleveland or a Cleveland Caveliers, Indians or Browns games. Emily and John attend Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Medina where Emily teaches 1st grade chatechism, sings in the church choir (under the direction of Chris Ilg) and serves as a mass cantor.

  YES
 

Dianne (Bauman) Sprunger
I make music with lots of different groups and students, especially my church family in Columbus, Ind. I am married. We have two grown sons who live in different countries.

  Yes
 

Mary Pannabecker Steiner 
My husband, Fred, and I own and operate two online news sites -- The Bluffton Icon (www.blufftonicon.com) and The Ada Icon (www.adaicon.com) After working at Bluffton University for nearly 20 years, I "retired" to become administrative assistant at First Mennonite church and to spend more time on our businesses. When time allows, we visit our daughters in LaCrosse, Wisc., and Cincinnati. 

  yes
 

Steve Steiner
I have been teaching biochemistry at Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.) for the past 9 years, after teaching in the Bluffton University chemistry department for the previous 21 years.

  Yes
 

Cosette Hostetter Thomas 
After retirement a few years ago, I am enjoying traveling and time with grandchildren.

  Yes
 

David and Laura (Becker '79) Voth
I've been Executive Director of Crime Victim Services since 1985. Laura and I enjoy our children and four grand children whenever possible. Our son Luke, and his wife Cindy, and their children live in Goshen, Indiana, and our daughter Eva lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

Yes

 

 

Keith Yoder
My wife Carla and I have been married for 37 years. We are still working full time and living in the Peoria, IL area. We are proud parents of 3 girls, 2 son-in-laws, and 2 grandsons, with two more grandchildren arriving shortly. For the last 40 years, I have been working in the finance and investment management field for Mennonite Mutual Aid in Goshen, Caterpillar, and most recently for Raymond James in Peoria as a financial advisor.

 

Yes