Classes of 1971, '72 & '73

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?

Eric Short of Altadena, Calif. He and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters, Kelsey and Jessica.

      Yes

Gloria (Bricker) Yoh of Dalton, Ohio, is a retired elementary teach at Triway Local Schools. She recently moved to Kidron, Ohio. Her three children and four grandchildren live in Kidron; Brooklyn, NY; and Minnetonka, Minn.

      Yes

Jane (Kingsley) Steinmetz of Bluffton, Ohio

      Yes

Joan Amstutz and George Kasotis of Marion, Ohio. Joan is currently in her third term as Marion County Auditor, former Marion City Treasurer. Retired from Marion City Schools with 35 years. Married to George Kasotis for 34 years. Enjoys traveling in the US, Europe and Caribbean.

      Yes

Patricia (Roush) Sheidler of Bluffton, Ohio

      Yes

Edward and Linda (Butler '70) Bratt of Leipsic, Ohio

      Yes

Arletta (Fagan) Culp of Fort Wayne, Ind.

      Yes

Janis Ramseyer Gingerich of Burton, Ohio, has been married to Dan Gingerich for 17 years and has been retired from education for four years. She writes, "I have two adult sons and two adult stepsons. Our family includes a daughter-in-law and one grandson. I enjoy exercising, reading, crocheting, visiting the kids and traveling."

      Yes

James Heiks '72 of Iola, Wisc., and wife Gail (Mitchell '71) have recently retired as educators. They have three children and six grandchildren all living in Wisconsin. They are establishing a native prairie on a small farm in north central Wisconsin, and pursuing interests in music, holistic healing, travel and exploring the northern wilderness.

      Yes

Elizabeth (Betsy Kohli '72) 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."

       No

James M. Butti '72 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.

       No
Ruth (Deardorff) Harkness '72 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, 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. 
 
       No
Tom Schumacher '72 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."
 
      Yes
Doris (Hamman) Schumacher '72 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.
 
      Yes

Fred Steiner '72 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.

       No
       

Jim Groves '72 of Lexington, Ky., has retired after 35 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor in West Ohio Conference. Jim and his wife, Pam, work part-time as secretary and treasure of Trinity U.M. Church in Winchester, Ky.. Both of Jim's children live and work in the Lexington area but no grandchildren yet.

 

       No