Class of 1972

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 Relations and Annual Giving      
 

Class notes

 

Attending May Day?

Elizabeth (Betsy Kohli) Jackson of Findlay, Ohio, retired in 1994 after 22.5 years teaching elementary music in Findlay City Schools. She writes, "My husband, Paul (Jack) Jackson '65 died this past April. We were married over 62 years. We had four children. Our oldest son died in 2000. We have five grandchildren, one step grandson, six great grandchildren and one great, great grandson. I live in an assisted living apartment. I read, cross stitch, color and watch TV. I also play Bingo. I do dialysis three times a week which takes a lot of my time."

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James M. Butti of Scottdale, Pa., retired in 2015 from Quality Support. Prior to Quality Support he was an art director of Mennonite Publishing House for 16 years. In the fall of 2013, James was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. Currently, James is in remission and enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda and their three grandchildren. He stays active by playing saxophones, string base, and playing almost every Sunday morning at Scottdale Mennonite Church.

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Ruth Deardorff Harkness of Gahanna, Ohio, retired in 2013 from 20 years as an instructional assistant in the Columbus city schools. She writes, "I still tutor at the school and volunteer for our church Vineyard Kids program. My husband James M. Butti of Scottdale, Penn., retired in 2015 from Quality Support. Prior to Quality Support he was an Art Director of Mennonite Publishing House for 16 years. In the fall of 2013, James was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. Currently, James is in remission and enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda and their 3 grandchildren. He stays active by playing saxophones, string base, and playing almost every Sunday morning at Scottdale Mennonite Church. usband, Dean, and I spend time doing geneology and traveling to see our daughters and their families. Alicia and her husband Jay have two sons and live in Lancaster, Pa. Katie and her husband have one son and live in Anaheim, Calif. 
 
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Tom Schumacher of Brookings, S.D., spends time cooking evening meals for the family (Doris, Hannah, Glenn and himself), group and individual walking, ice skating, flower gardening, attending workshops/lectures, reading and traveling. Travel within the last 15 years has included trips to So. Korea, Bolivia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, Switzerland, U.K., Austria, Germany, Italy, Israel, Iran, and Japan. He writes, "I am currently professor emeritus of soil biophysics at S. Dakota State University. I have continued involvement with graduate student research, evaluation of research and development of journal articles. I am also a founding member and CFO for a nonprofit dedicated to multi-functional agriculture based on the conversion of cropland to income producing native grasslands."
 
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Doris Hamman Schumacher of Brookings, S.D., is retired from special education teaching at the middle school level. She currently teaches swimming lessons to international women and teaches English Language Learners (mostly spouses of South Dakota State University students). Involved on state and local level for brain injury awareness (board BIASD member of South Dakota Alliance). Involved on local level of NAMI (National Alliance of the Mentally Ill). Traveled recently to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Switzerland, Austria and Italy, to California and Catalina Island, and to Oregon. Our two adult children are living with us once again.
 
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Fred Steiner of Bluffton, Ohio, is currently working on a photo book with the working title "The Bluffton We Never Knew: Photographs from 1875 to 1925." The book should be ready early fall.

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Edward Bratt of Leipsic, Ohio is married to Linda Butler Bratt, Class of 1970 and enjoys watching his two grandchildren participate in school activities. Edward still substitute teaches at Putnam County schools and has taught at Leipsic Local and Ottawa-Glandorf Local. Edward helps his brother-in-law farm during the planting, growing, and harvest seasons, and then he is able to spend the winter months in Avon Park, Florida.      Yes