Class of 1956


 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 of 1956 Notes  

Are you Attending
May Day?

 Ruth Bundy Naylor (Bunnie): Stan Naylor and I had been happily married for 61 years when he died last November.  We had 2 children, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren..  My children and I have a week of vacation planned together in the Gatlinburg area this summer.

I chair our Bluffton Writers Group and the Maple Crest Resident Council.  By the time of our 60th class reunion I will have just returned from being a program participant in the Great Lakes Regional Mennonite Spiritual Directors Retreat in northwest Indiana.  I belong to a book club and also enjoy water aerobics four times a week.


 Diane Lora Cremean: Married 52 1/2 years to Joe Cremean, who died 6 1/2 years ago.  We had 3 children David, Lora, and Stephen.  We have 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

I live in an assisted living home and limited in my activity. I enjoy reading Christian books, using my computer and my Christian friends here. 


Calvin Carl Graber: We have one son Jonathan.  He and his wife Phoebe have one son (Ethan), and one daughter Abby who will graduate from Bluffton this May.

I spend my time doing church work, volunteering at Camp Friedenswald, and doing wood work for family and friends.


Joanne "jody" plank burkholder: I belong to two choruses including a trio for one of them.  We perform for nursing homes, the Charlotte Co. VA, and present programs for our MHP's club. I am reading Francis Parkman, Jr.'s book, The Oregon Trail as well as the book, Indian Wars by Robert Utley and Wilcomb E. Washburn. 

When my adoptive mother died, my birth father got in touch with me which surprised me because he was French Indian (my birth mother was Irish and taught me all the nursery rhymes before I was 5 years old). My adoptive mother told me in my later adult life that as a child, if I wasn't singing or whistling she knew I was sick.  So, I guess that explains my interest in singing!  



 Joseph Smucker: I'm married to Mary Dear Lee, who recently retired from McGill University as a member of the faculty of management.  We have two children, Jessica (30) works for Nova Scotia provincial government, and David (28) is an urban planner in the city of New York.  I have been fully retired since 2010, have taught economic sociology at Concordia University in Montreal.

I am a moderator at McGill University in the department of continuing education, "Learning in Retirement."  I am a member of the board for House of Friendship Community Center, an council member of Mennonite Fellowship of Montreal.  I enjoy wood carving, and cabin living in summer in wilderness area in Ontario.


 Sam Diller: We have 4 children, 11 grand-children and 1 great grandchild.  Joan and I will be married 57 years this August. 3 of the children are BC grads.

I spend my time working part-time, reading, taking Joan shopping for groceries, shopping, etc.


 ELFRIEDA LANDES RAMSEYER: Our daughter Marty Ramseyer Barnett graduated from BC in 1981 and lives in Texas.  Our son Rick Ramseyer graduated from BC in 1983 and lives in Maine.

I spend my time traveling, reading, writing, and interacting with others.  We enjoy spending time with our granddaughters and the rest of our family.  I also volunteer for various organizations.


Donald Bundy: I have been married to my wife Etsuko for 55 years.  We had 3 children and now have 11 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. We have lived in California, Fort Wayne (32 years) and now in Roswell, Georgia for 23 years.

We are active members of Perimeter Church (PCA Presbyterian). This is a 4000 member church in metro Atlanta where I serve as a deacon and we both have taught ESL.

 Stanley L. Erney: We have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  I like to spend my time reading and doing home and yard maintenance.  


Daniel O. Smith: My wife Alice K. Smith and I have two sons, two daughters, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

After Bluffton I obtained my MA and PhD from Michigan State University. Since then for 54 years I was involved in education in colleges, public schools and universities. I read about 5 newspapers a day and enjoy any time I get to spend with the grandchildren.



 Dorothy Bowersox Powell: My husband, Dick, went to be with the Lord Dec. 2014 after his lifetime ministry.  I have two daughters in Montana (near Yellowstone), on son here and one in Columbus.  Added togethere I have nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. I am really blessed

After 45 years of teaching in school for Hancock Count Religious Education I now teach an adult Sunday School class and woman's Bible Study.

Time with family, reading, enjoying music and keeping in touch online are some of the ways I enjoy spending my time.



 Richard D. Cripe: We have a son, Douglas and he is a minister at the Disciples of Christ Church in Kennett, Missouri. He is a graduate of DePauw University, Christian Theological Seminary and Eden Seminary. Our daughter, Jeannine Tom is retired from being a medical secretary for 35 years at Elkhart Hospital and Middlebury Physicians and her nusband, Phillip Tom is Vice President of Turtle Top manufacturing buses. We are happy to have a Turtle Top bus on the Bluffton Campus.

Since retirement from Turtle Top as President I still go into the office to visit with the executive team.  I enjoy golf and I have made 10 trips to Canada to fish.  My wife Carolyn and I spend our winters on Anna Maria Island in Florida.