Class of 1964

Class of 1964

Class of 1964
front row: James Rivers, Jeanne D. Pifer, Cathy Bauman Boshart, Judy Herbert Lawrence, Connie Patterson Kear, Linda Ritchie Christman, Mary Ann Kyser George, Shirlee Ward Zerkel, Karen Born Sabiers, Sandra Cook Liechty

2nd row: Jim Swank, Richard Boshart, Ron Stauffer, Phil Kingsley, Nancy Patterson Tripp, Margaret Musser Baker, Sandy Lawson Buffenbarger, Ruby Bixel Logan, Sally Williams Pitzer, Beth Birkey Hamman, Mary Ann Brillhart Berg, Larry Copeland, Denny Kear

3rd row: Stephen Von Gunten, Jan Emmert, James Powell

back row: Philip Sprunger, Lewis Naylor, Lyle Troyer, Russ Gregory, Jay Martin, George Hostetler, Ralph Pitzer, Roger Graber, Dale Haning
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1964 Class notes

      

Attending May Day?

 

Melissa J. Kelley Bowman: after a rewarding career of teaching for 25 years, Melissa spends her time reading, doing jig saw puzzles, going to the fitness gym and spending time with her family.

   
 

Mary Ann Kyser George: Roger (1965) and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary in June. We have a son and a daughter and 4 grandchildren. In my spare time I volunteer at our local hospital and currently serve as president of the hospital auxiliary. I love to read and also play the mountain dulcimer.

   
 

Larry Copeland: I have three children and ten grandchildren. All are living in Findlay, Ohio. I'm still working and enjoying family events—sports and musicals.

   
 

Sue Starling Parsa: My husband Ali is a retired soil scientist and agronomy professor. We have three daughters: Rev. Parisa Parsa; Pardis Silva, a drama therapist; and Pamela Bond, an environmentalist. We also have two granddaughters and two grandsons. I enjoy reading, sewing and exercising at the YMCA. I also like to travel.

   
 

Doris Moyer Rempel: I have three children. I am retired. I enjoy traveling to spend time with children and grandchildren. I like to spend time reading, sewing, other home-making things and with church involvement.

   
 

Terry Marshall: Pam and I have two sons, Troy and Brandon. We have four grandchildren. In 1964, when Viet Nam was an issue, I became a U.S. Navy Officer. Then I retired 20 years later. War invaded my life again. At the age of 61 I was doing formula and diapers again, but for a 6-month old granddaughter. Pam was still teaching fulltime. Our youngest son and daughter-in-law deployed to Iraq for a year. Celebrate equal opportunity for women.

   
 

Kenneth Hartzler: I have three children. I enjoy playing musical instruments, visiting family and taking part in church activities.

   
 

Rex Fogt: I have a son, daughter and grandchildren who live in California. In my spare time I do lots of traveling.

   
 

Duane Durbin: I have three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. I work part-time at a golf course and play golf two to three times a week.

   
 

Russ Gregory: Married to Nancy (Kurtz) Gregory (class of '66) for 49 years. Most weekends are spent ushering for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra concerts. I also enjoy spending time traveling, reading, lawn/garden work, bowling, fitness class, and being involved with our grandsons.

   
 

Elaine J. Michnay nee Baechler: My husband and I have three daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson. In my spare time I read, exercise and help with our grandchildren. We spend our summers in Canada.

  No
 

Karen Born Sabiers: Our three daughters are elementary teachers. Of our eight grandchildren, our oldest is married and teaching at the elementary level also. This fall, three of the others will be in college, leaving four continuing through the public school. We are a close family in faith, academics and sports. Since retiring from teaching Communications at Terra State Community College, I volunteer at church, tutor and enjoy many activities of our grandchildren with my husband, Ace. I also help care for my brother Phil who has dementia and resides in a nursing home in Freemont.

   
 

Jeanene Pifer: My father passed away 29 years ago. My mother is 95 and still going strong. She retired from Elder-Beerman at age 86. I have a terrific brother, Jan, a former student at Bluffton College. After teaching in the inner city elementary schools for 40 years, this is my 26th year as a volunteer in the Emergency Department at University of Toledo Medical Center. (Yes, I started there while I was teaching.) I am there nearly every day. I am president-elect of Lucas County Retired Teachers Association. Vice president of Programs for Satellites, the auxiliary at University of Toledo Medical Center and an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa. I am doing "Bag Shows" to keep me out of trouble. God has blessed me with much—good health, wonderful friends, a successful career and a happy life. I am thankful!

   
 

Dale Haning: I married Rose Huber, class of 1966. We have one daughter. Rosie and I spent two years in Peru with the US Peace Corp. Then I worked for Caterpillar, Inc. in marketing for 36 years. We lived in Canada, Texas, Illinois, Chile and Florida. I retired in 2005. I spend my time reading, golf, travelling, and member of Episcopal Parish on the University of Miami (Florida) campus.

   
 

Donald McCay: I am married. My wife is Sandy. I am also retired. 

   
 

Sharon Kirkendall Bruce: In August, I will have been married to my husband, Larry, for 50 years. We have two children, Kirsten and Kirk. We have four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. We play a lot of golf and are active in the Congregational church. I have fourteen piano students. I volunteer at the local library. Larry and I enjoy traveling in our RV.

   
 

Sandra (Cook) Liechty: I enjoy our 6 grandchildren. We often take trips to Florida. I also work part time.

  Yes
 

Jim Roth: I lived and studied in Sweden for two years (1964-1966), an experience that introduced me to the academic discipline that would become my career and provided access to a mind-boggling array of diverse cultural influences from Europe, Africa and Asia. From there I was transplanted to the Bay Area of California (1966 – 1972), where I became involved in the anti-war and counter-culture movements, played in several old-time string bands and got a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford. I taught at universities for three years in Texas and two years in New York. In 2007 I retired from 30 years of teaching at Regis University in Denver. During the past 28 years I have made at least 20 trips to Europe, mostly to the Netherlands, where I have bicycled extensively. I now spend my time gardening, hiking, bicycling and reading. I am still semi-active in various justice, anti-war and environmental organizations. 

   
 

Richard Newcomer: I am a retired guidance counselor but serve as adjunct faculty in psychology at Owens Community College in Findlay. My wife, Ann, a Bluffton grad, passed away last month.

  No
 

Phil Sprunger: My wife, Janice Smith '67, and I are actively involved with family, friends, and church activities.

  Yes
 

Elton Yordy: After 36 years in retail hardware in central Illinois my wife Sharon (Sommers '63) and I made a career change which included 10 years with Mennonite Central Committee – 6 moths with Ten Thousand Villages, 7 years as service workers in Cambodia, and 2 ½ years as SWAP Location Coordinators in Harlan, Kentucky. We have relocated to Stanley, VA, and this summer will be our 5th season working in Shenandoah National Park. Additionally, as independent consultants (Engaging Ideas Consultancy), we help local non-profit organizations and Cambodian NGO's with strategic planning, evaluations, and policy reviews. We are active members at Leake's Chapel Church of the Brethren as Deacons, choir, and Sunday School.

  No
 

James Rivers: I am a barista at Buehler's Grocery in Wadsworth and a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where I have served on various boards for the Ohio region and general (USA & Canada). I'm presently serving the Ohio region on the Commission Training ministers and anti-racism/pro-reconciliation commission.

  Yes
 

Judith Ann Salisbury Willcox: I spend my time in hospitals, doctors' offices, and at home reading. I attend lots of Bible studies and have been teaching adult classes at church.

  No
 

Ron Stauffer: My wife Karen and I have lived in Owensboro, KY, for the past 25 years and have enjoyed the community spirit and openness that we have experienced throughout that time.Since retiring seven years ago after over forty years in human services programs, I have spent much of my time fishing, reading, traveling, and with a camera in my hand.

  Yes
 

Virginia Niggle Downhower: I spend my time reading, gardening, doing crafts and church activities, and as a hospital volunteer.

  No
 

Jan Paul Emmert: After a career in international development with the US Foreign Service and NGOs, my wife, Diana, and I retired to Bluffton. There we're active in both Mennonite & Catholic churches, Lions Club, and Swiss Historical Society. We travel yearly to the Philippines, and I occasionally consult abroad for short periods.

  Yes
 

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 Christman: 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