Class of 1969

1969

 

What have you been up to? Share a life update with your classmates by submitting an AlumNote. With your permission we will add it to this Web site and include it in the Bluffton magazine.

Claire Clay ’18
Alumni relations manager

 

 

 

 

REUNION ALUMNOTES

    Attending May Day?

Pamela (Gorham) Adkins 
Pamela and her husband, Ed, have six children and fourteen grandchildren. When they got married, Ed already had three children and Pamela had two. 

In the fall after her graduation, Pamela began teaching junior high and elementary music. She then moved to 3rd and 4th grade classroom instruction but kept her finger in the music field by directing high school and community musicals.  After 20 plus years in education, she took a job in the business world for 16 years with Ashland Chemical Company. She has since retired and enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting the grandchildren. 

 

No

Lyndella (Larlham) Andrews
Lyndella and her husband, Burton, have two children and three grandchildren. Burton is a retired teacher but is still a professional photographer as Bluffton University’s sports information photographer. 

Lyndella taught school starting with inner city junior high. She got hit by a car. She was elected for City Council four times, then the fifth election, she was elected for Council President. Six back surgeries, a broken hand, and a collapsed lung later, Lyndella is still happily married. Her career is being a wife of 50 years, a mother, and a grandmother. 

Lyndella says, “Met Burton the first day I was at BC. Fell in love with him and the college. Learned a lot and with it, Burton’s help all of the rest of my life.”

 

Yes

Jane (Sprunger) Bean
Jane has one son and one daughter. She has four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Jane enjoys traveling, biking and attending basketball games, church and family activities with her special friend, Phil Horrisberger. 

Jane retired from teaching as an intervention specialist in 2006 from Lakewood Schools in Hebron, Ohio. She also was a caregiver with Home Instead in Newark, Ohio, and at Swiss Village in Berne, Indiana. 

Jane says, “Bluffton was a very comfortable fit as friendships from Camp Friedenswald were renewed and many friends were made. After traveling to the Holy Lands, we have come to the realization that we serve a very BIG God. It opened our eyes to seeing how God loves us all with all our differences. Let us make the circle bigger with love and peace.

   Yes

Tom Bell
Tom moved to Colombus with his wife, Carol, and their daughter after graduating from Bluffton. That is where he began his job as a software developer at The Huntington Bank. In 1970, their son was born. Tom and Carol have four grandchildren. 

In 1977, Tom co-founded a telecom company which they sold to a public company in 2006. Tom and Carol spend their summers in Westerville and winters in Hobe Sound. They volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce. 

Tom says, “My experience at BC prepared me very well for life's opportunities and challenges.

 

Yes

Mary Fran Gumpper Bennett
Mary and her husband, Jack, have three children and two granddaughters. 

She retired as the manager of the Chardon Library in Chardon, Ohio. Mary and Jack moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 2011. They enjoy hiking and exploring National Parks out west. Mary is a docent for the Sharlot Hall Western History Museum. Mary and Jack have traveled to Peru, Spain, Portugal, and several other European countries. 

Mary says, “One of the highlights of my years at Bluffton was the opportunity to spend a summer in Columbia. I went on to earn a Master's in Latin American Studies and Library Science from Louisiana State University. My first library job made use of my Spanish language skills.”

 

No

Jan Benroth 
Jan has been married to Carol (Gregg '66) Benroth for 38 years. They have one son. Jan and Carol have a five-year-old rescue schnauzer named Chloe. 

Toward the end of Jan's 40 year career in corporate finance, he started a web-based business selling auto dealership supplies. He sold the business two years ago. Jan and Carol are both very active in their church. 

Jan says, “I was able to apply my degree in business administration throughout my career.”

 

No

Kathleen (Osborne) Benroth
Kathleen’s husband Rodger is a class of ’67 Bluffton graduate. He is retired. They have two sons. 

Kathleen has retired but is still busy with many activities. Antiques are a passion of hers, especially American primitives. She plays bridge and other card games,  she is a prolific letter writer, and she visits family and friends often. 

Kathleen says, “I took classes at Bowling Green and Toledo and got a Masters at St. Francis, Ft. Wayne - and none of them compared to the education I received at Bluffton.”

 

No

Robert O. Bertsche
Robert is married to Jody Bertsche. He is retired now as a retirement housing administrator. They have two children. 

Robert is a retired CEO of Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. He is an elder at Glenwood Heights Mennonite Church.

Robert says, “(My) degree allowed me access to professions I had interest in pursuing.”

 

No

Earl Bixel
Earl married Kathy Burns in 1971. They both retired after 30 years in education; Earl as an English and journalism teacher in Lima and Kathy as a foreign language teacher at Bluffton. They have two daughters, and three grandsons. They attend many of the boys’ hockey and baseball games. 

Earl and Kathy have traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, visiting relatives and friends and doing ancestory studies on thier Swiss and Irish heritages. Their winters have been spent in Arizona, attending concerts, following Grand Canyon University basketball, spring training baseball and playing golf. 

Earl has kept active operating the family farm, woodworking, participating in an investment club, serving several years on the board of the West Ohio Food Bank and supporting Republican causes.  

Earl says, “Former faculty member Carole Hilty and her husband Chuck piqued my interest in journalism which led to a long association with the sports desks of local newspapers. Dr. Houshower was instrumental in preparing me for a teaching career.”

 

No

Lorren Caffee 
Lorren received a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of Indiana and U.S Virgin Islands Bars. Lorren practiced law in Decathur, Indiana for four years. He served as Indiana Trial Courts Judge for twenty-three and a half years and practiced law in St. Thomas, USVI from 1999-2010. Lorren is now retired.

Lorren says that Bluffton gave him, “Primarily career preparation.” 

 

Yes

James Steven (Steve) Clark
Steve married Mary L. (Delp '67) Clark nearly 52 years ago. Steve and Mary have a daughter and two granddaughters. 

Steve taught American history and driver education. He served as athletic director for six years and was the head football coach for 17 years. 

Steve says, “learned a lot (at Bluffton) and made many friends who are still great friends today.”

 

 Yes

Judy (Bishop) Cronise
Judy and her husband, Ron, are both retired. Judy has two children and two step children. They also have seven grandchildren.

She was a first grade teacher and now tutors, works with the community meal, serves on committees at church, belongs to a small group and a book club. Judy and Ron love to travel. 

She says, Bluffton influenced my life in so many ways. It left me very prepared for teaching and the most important is with wonderful lifelong friendships.”

 
No

Corwin Croy
Corwin and his wife, Rita Dietrich, have been married for 42 years. They  enjoy snow skiing and recumbent cycling. As members of “Rails to Trails,” they have cycled paths in many states. They especially enjoy traveling West to visit their  son, Lee, in Portland, Oregon. 

Corwin and Rita have both served 30+ years as public school educators. Corwin taught and was an administrator K-12. Rita was a high school math teacher. They decided four years ago that they wanted to live in a college town during their semi-retirement years; they chose Bluffton. Corwin has been a Bluffton adjunct instructor/supervisor of student teachers for nearly 20 years. Rita has now been an Adjunct in the Math Department as well as a supervisor of student teachers for four years. They currently live in Riley Creek Village and can walk to campus and community activities. 

As retired educators, Corwin and Rita appreciate the academic year calendar, from welcoming new and returning students to the celebration commencement. They really enjoy attending art exhibit openings, music and drama performances, and Forums. Corwin testifies that he has more than made up for 'cutting chapel' by voluntarily attending forums and colloquial presentations. Corwin and Rita both have multiple 'Bluffton Purple' jackets, hats, and shirts to wear while cheering on the Bluffton athletic teams and have been granted 'in loco grandparentis' status as loyal supporters of the track and field team. 

In addition to their university commitments, Corwin is active in the Bluffton Lions Club and the Lions Foundation Board and their work to complete the bike and pedestrian paths throughout the community. Rita is active in the First Mennnonite Church’s music and mentoring ministries. 

Corwin says, “Fortunately, my campus/community experiences, have provided me with opportunities to visit with and say "Thank You" to Dr. Templin, Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Don Pannabecker, Ron Geiser, Glenn Snyder, Bob Warren, and other professors, as well as, alumni friends and their families, for helping me to earn my degree and for making my career in education a reality.” 

  Yes

Georgia (Crow) Daria
Georgia and her husband, Chuck, have four children, ten grandchildren and four great grandchidren. Chuck passed away due to pancreatic cancer in 2015.

Georgia retired from teaching English at Bethel-Tate High School in 2012. Since then, she has been kept busy with church choir, work at the local free store, church and family. 

Georiga says, “The friendships I made at Bluffton remain treasures to me. Although I so miss my roommate, Phylis Moyer, who has passed away in 2007, I remain in contact with her family, and we often vacation together.”

  Yes

Ed and Karen (Esmonde) Diller 
Ed and Karen have celebrated 50 years of marriage, raised two children and are a continued presence in the lives of their five grandchildren.

In recent years, Karen orchestrated the opening of the first Ten Thousand Villages store in Cincinnati and served as a Board member and chair (2002-10) and served as a school and church volunteer at Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, and have been a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys container gardening and loves every kind of flower and bird species (except grackles.)

Ed practiced real estate and corporate law at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati for 43 years and participated in firm management. He is now retired from ownership but remains employed at the firm. He has served on and been an officer on numerous boards of businesses, non-profits and church related organizations, including Bluffton University Board Chair and Moderator of Mennonite Church USA. He is currently serving on numerous boards, including Mennonite Central Committee (Treas), Ten Thousand Villages (Board Chair) and Cincinnati Museum Center (Immediate Past Board Chair) and Austin E. Knowlton Foundation (Treasurer.)

Future plans for the couple are to travel more. Ed is currently in India for Ten Thousand Villages. Later this summer he plans to travel to Singapore (with daughter), Ukraine (with MCC) and later Costa Rica (with family.)

  Karen, yes
Ed, no

Ernie Diller 
Ernie has been married for 48 years to Barbara (BJ) Young Diller. They have one daughter and two grandchildren. They have called Denver, Colorado home since 1980, but eleven of those years they taught overseas. 

Erine earned his master degree from BGSU in Education Administration. Ernie taught high school Social Studies -  US History, Economics, World History, Geography, Asian and Latin American History for 45 years. He taught AP and IB the last 20 years. He coached football 24 years and basketball 30 years. Ernie taught overseas 11 years in five countries - Colombia, Bangladesh, Libya, Bolivia and Singapore. He received two Fulbright Grants -Kenya and Korea - along the way. He retired for the third time in 2017 after three years in Singapore.

Ernie says, “Bluffton prepared me well for my teaching career, in both knowledge and desire to be a lifelong learner. In particular, Jean Yoder taught me the skill and joy of writing. John Unruh and Von Hardesty demonstrated how to express one’s love of history to their students. I will alway be greatful to Bluffton for what I learned there about life and myself.” 

  Yes

Larry and Pamela (Cole) Faulk
Husband and wife, Larry and Pamela, have two children and three grandchildren. 

Pam and Larry are both retired. Larry retired from Dublin City Schools in Dublin, Ohio. They are both active in their church in Delaware. They also spend a lot of time in the summer at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. 

  Yes

Dennis and Joan Gable

  Yes

Linda Jerger Gamble
Linda and her husband, Roy were married for thirty-one years. He passed away in 2004. Linda helped him raise his five children. She has twelve grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two great great granddaughters. 

Linda retired in 2012 after 42 years of teaching. She spends her time now walking, reading, knitting, crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Linda says, “I have fond memories of my four years at Bluffton—great education and wonderful friendships.”

  No

Randy Gardner
Randy and his wife, Cindy, are both retired and really enjoying it. They enjoy attending their grandkids’ sporting events. Cindy enjoys playing violin in a community orchestra, sewing for Community Health Professional, and babysitting their granddaughter. Randy and Cindy have three children. 

Randy spent his career as a psychologist/school psychologist. Since retiring, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, playing guitar, and following his grandkids. He has served on a variety of church and community boards and has maintained a supportive relationship with Van Wert City Schools. 

Randy says, Bluffton faculty stands out as the most influential aspect of my college experience. That goes not only for teachers, but also for the administration. Bluffton as a whole represented the kind of institutional values that promoted self-exploratory and personal growth.

 

Yes

Richard Geiger
Richard has four children and eleven grandchildren, all living in Ohio. 

Richard retired as an Accounting Controller. Every week, He volunteers at Etcetera Thrift Store and Book Review in Bluffton. 

Richard says, “My Christian faith was crystalized. I still enjoy singing after being a member of Accapela Choir.”

 

Yes

Arman J. Habegger
Arman is married to Susan Brooks and has two sons by marriage. Arman and Susan will celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer in Europe. 

Arman retired from his career in financial aid in 2012. He currently serves on Central District Conference (Mennonite Church USA) Board of Directors and on Board of the local Bluffton thrift store that is the original MCC thrift store in the United States. Arman delivers meals to the local retirement home. He enjoys collecting model trains and construction equipment. He also enjoys downhill skiing in the Rockies for a week every winter. Arman participates in a local investment club. 

When Arman was asked how his days at Bluffton affected his life, he said, “[I] opted to work in higher education after teaching school for one year and working in newspaper retail advertising for a couple years; worked at Bluffton for 10 years in admissions and financial aid and then at University of Findlay for 26 years in financial aid; active in our local church congregation though have left the responsibilities of church administration duties to the younger set; spend summer hours mowing the church lawn; unlike current practices in helping college students with career choices, we may have tended to fall into our careers somewhat by accident or good fortune. ”

 

Yes

Susan Malin Hamilton
Susan and her late husbnad, Don, have two daughters and five grandchildren. 

Susan retired from teaching elementary school in 2002. She is a certified Master Gardener and has been a Volunteer Ohio Certified Park Disrtict Naturalist since 2004. 

Susan says, “Education Major with Ada Lapp led me to a wonderful career at Columbus Grove and Bath Schools. Many lifelong friendships and a beautiful fifty year marriage with Don Hamilton, who I met as a freshman at Bluffton.” 

 

Yes

Bob Hewitt
Bob married Micheline Berry in 1973 while stationed at Fort Dix as an Army Captain. They had two children. Micheline passed away in 1985 from cancer. Bob remarried Nicole Monastra in 1995. They have one son. Bob has two grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Bob received his MSW from Wayne State University in 1971, and his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. He has 50 years of national and international professional, multi-level, human service experience, both in the practice and academic realms. Bob’s community service has included work within the church body and numerous organizations. From 1995 – 2000 he served as a member of the Bluffton University Board of trustees.

Bob has been intentional in utilizing his scholarship talents to assist youth in character and life skills building and promoting the growth and development of clinical practice skills for human service and juvenile justice practitioners. The Hewitts are members of Brownsville Church of God, where they sing on the Praise and Worship Team and Bob is currently teaching the Multiethnic Conversations small group study and Men’s Sunday School Class. Since 2017 the Hewitts have also serve on the Spiritual Advisory Committee for the East Africa Missions in Tanzania, Africa. The Hewitts reside in Chambersburg, PA. You are invited to learn more about the Hewitts at their website: www.onemainpurpose.com

Bob says, “Looking back and considering the impact of the Bluffton College experience from this new position (50 years later!) it again causes me to realize that reflection, or standing back, getting some distance from an experience or a place often allows one to get closer (as in ‘to better understand the benefits of the experience that was’). Over the four years that we (class of 1969) were here together Bluffton College gave me a platform to move from being a one-dimensional athlete, albeit a good one, (smile please!) to begin to develop intellectually, spiritually, and socially. It helped me to develop a mindset of realizing that to whom much is given much is required. It shaped my thinking to the responsibility that I had to “pay it forward” and live a life of service on multilevels. Lest we forget, the journey continues for you and for me…”

 

Yes

Sue Hilty and Christopher L. Wilson
Sue and Chris have a daughter in Columbus, a son in Oakland, Calif., and a daughter in Washington, D.C., tha two grandchildren. The retired in 2017 and spend our time volunteering in their church and community. They enjoy golf, traveling, yoga, kayaking and visiting our children and grandchildren.

 

No

Jan (Siebert) Holcomb
Jan and her husband, Norm Holcomb '70 have two children and four grandchildren.  

Jan retired from teaching in 2000 after 31 years. Since then, she has worked two 5-year terms as an aide at New Bremen Public Library. She is a member of the handbell choir and chancel choir and the co-chair of the funeral luncheon committee at St. Paul UCC. 

Jan says she is, “Still in contact with several classmates and other grads from Bluffton.” 

 

Yes

Linda Hoover
Linda retired in 2012 after 38 years of teaching. Of those, nine years were spent teaching Home Ec. and 29 were spent teaching special education. She immediately began volunteering at Galion Historical Society and was elected to the board in 2013. 

 

Yes

Thomas (Tom) Keller
Tom spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He got a BA in economics from Ursinus College and an MBA from Wharton School. He worked as an accountant. Tom became a CFP at two companies. He retired in 2015. 

 

Yes

Edie (Nofsinger) Landis 
Edie and her husband, Rod, have two sons and two grandchildren. 

Before retirement, Edie worked for a local Mennonite retirement community of 23 years as Director of Marketing and Sales. She had the privilege of serving on Bluffton University’s Board of Trustees for 27 years. She discovered she enjoys Board work and she currently serves on several local Boards. Edie volunteers in the archives of the local Mennonite Heritage Center, the Material Resource Center, and several committees at their church. 

Edie says, “I appreciate the life preparation skills shared with me by Bluffton professors. The sense of community and friendships experienced while at Bluffton were important and greatly valued.

 

Yes

J. Rodney Landis
Rod and his wife, Edie, have been married for almost 50 years. They have two sons and two grandchildren. 

Rod spent most of his working career in the masonry supply business with a five year break in the mid 90’s as an assistant administrator and V.P. of Operations at a local Mennonite retirement community following eight years on the Board at that same community. Rod continues to be active at his church, serving on various committees. 

Rod says, “Besides meeting Edie and marrying following graduation, I developed close friendships which lasted for many years following 1969.” 

 

Yes

Jim Langhals
Jim has three daughters and five grandchildren. His wife, Paula, retired from Elida Elementary. Jim retired from Delphos Jefferson high school as an English and history teacher. 

Jim also retired as the broker-owner of Jim Langhals Realty. 

Jim says, “(Bluffton) prepared me well for graduate school. My wife and I met at Bluffton.”

 

Yes

David Leatherman
David has two sons and two grandchildren. 

David taught elementary school for 38 years in Stow, Ohio. He received an MA in Elementary Administration after graduating from Bluffton but decided he enjoyed teaching and did not pursue administration. He has been enjoying his retirement since 2007 by working on classic Corvettes and driving them with friends. 

David says, “My years at Bluffton prepared me well academically for future pursuits and formed lifetime friendships and memories.”

 

No

Anita (Schrag) Lehman
Anita and her husband, George, have three children and are awaiting the birth of their sixth grandchild in September. 

Anita graduated with a social work degree from Bluffton. Soon after graduation, she started working on clay. She has identified as an artist for over 40 years. She still maintains a studio, doing more work in painting and drawing than clay. She did a series of paintings responding to her experience with the reality of her brother-in-law’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The final exhibit included 20 paintings after several years of work. 

Anita says, “The social work degree was very helpful as I taught at Tabor College(KS) and in the Lima City Schools. I returned to college to get certification for teaching in the public schools after we moved to Bluffton for George's job. I loved returning to campus as a non traditional student and taking all those art and education courses I didn't need the first time around.” 

 

Yes

George Lehman
George married Anita Schrag in January of their senior year, so they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a party at their home in Bluffton. After graduation, George and Anita moved to Kansas where George worked for two years with a Mennonite Church service program doing his alternative service. He ended up staying for six years. He then had a range of administrative roles at Prairie View, a psychiatric hospital, in Newton, Kansas. His psychology degree helped him understand life in that context. George earned an MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1994, George joined Bluffton's business department and he continues there part time. He earned a doctorate in management at Case Western Reserve University. He had the chance to be actively involved in the development of Bluffton's MBA program and in a relatively new joint program of Bluffton, Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Canadian Mennonite University called the Collaborative MBA. George mostly enjoys continuing teaching and program administration. Though George says he “surely must become a retiree before too long.” 

 

Yes

Margo (Reichenbach) LoGuidice
Margo and her husband Jim have been married 47 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. She taught elementary grades for 30 years before retiring. Some of her interests include yoga, meeting with friends for book groups, and spending time with grandchildren. Margo and Jim enjoy traveling frequently. Margo says, “I left Bluffton prepared and confident to begin my teaching career and to pursue graduate work.  Lasting friendships from Bluffton continue to enrich my life.”

 

No

Marsha Barlett Lull
Marsha has been married to her husband, David, for 43 years. They both have Masters Degrees in Social Work. They met at their first jobs at Sedgwick County Community Mental Health Center in Wichita, KS. David's decision to become a Clinical Social Worker for the USAF took them to New Jersey, Germany, Minnesota and Phoenix. Their first son, Ben, was born in Germany, and five years later, in Minnesota, they adopted their second son, Matt, as an infant from Seoul, South Korea. They are in touch daily with Ben and family, enjoying Skyping and occassional visits to see thier two grandchildren. Matt, due to health challenges since childhood, lives with Marsha and David as he pursues his path to independence.

Marsha has had a private practice in Clinical Social Work since 2000. For the past 15 years, David, who also has a private practice, and Marsha have leased offices in the same suites. Marsha works with adults of all ages in individual and couples therapy, after many years of also working with children. Marsha’s career has always been, and continues to be, a very fulfilling part of her life... a way to operationalize her faith. 

Marsha says, “Bluffton had a profound impact on me. I thought I'd be a teacher, but Carl Smucker, my adviser, suggested I take Intro. to Social Work and I liked it. Then came Joe Steiner (a Psychiatric Social Worker) to be Dean of Men and to teach Social Work courses. He started See Groups (learn to see yourself through the mirror of the group), so for four semesters I had access to on-going personal growth opportunities, combined with being able to watch a therapist in action. He also facilitated a summer volunteer experience for me at Brooklane Psychiatric Center as well as encouraging me to go directly from college to a Master's Degree Social Work program. My gratitude to him is palpable to this day. And then Burton and Elnore Yost, who invited me essentially to be a part of their family where I saw healthy interactions previously unknown to me. I have also cherished the long lasting connections with a few friends from the Bluffton years.”

 

Yes

Ellen Billings Martin
Ellen has two grown children and two grandsons. 

Ellen is retired from Huntington National Bank. She teaches piano. She has volunteered at West Broad Elementary School, as well as many others, over the years. She is a member of Vaud-Villities and she taught the music for the children’s choir. 

Ellen says, “Bluffton helped cement my desire to always be involved in music and particularly with children.”

 

No

Wendy Miller
Wendy received her Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1980. She taught vocal/choral and Music History at Bloomsburg University of PA for 30 years. She just retired last Spring. She is an active soprano soloist in the Northeast, so she travels a lot--either for fun, or to sing solos in various concerts. She enjoys visiting historic sites on the East Coast and PA. She is active in her church life. Her hobbies include sewing and cooking. 

 

No

Linda (Dolbey) Overholt
Linda has been married to her husband, Roger, for 51 years. They have three children, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Roger farms and Linda is a farm wife and owner. 

Linda helps her husband move equipment from farm to farm and takes meals to the field. She helps at their church with preschool Bible School and did help with a tutoring program in the past. She has also been a greeter and a lector. Linda and Roger try to keep up with all of their grandkids’ events, including many ball games. 

Linda still misses her best friend, Connie (Rogers) Foster, who was her roommate Freshman year. Linda still gets together with Connie’s family every year. Connie passed away in 1998. 

Linda says, “Bluffton College helped me with family life and the Christian focus. Lots of good memories and friends were made there. I still am in touch with a roommate and other friends. I’m so glad I went to Bluffton. I was there yesterday to watch a grandson (ONU) play baseball AGAINST Bluffton :).”

 

No

Phil Pannabecker
Phil entered alternative service soon after graduation at Denver General Hospital where he met jan, his wife of 47 years. After three years at Denver General, an ill-fated grad school year in chemistry at U of N Carolina, and two years acquiring an accounting degree in Denver, Phil finally started working a regular job. 

He spent seven years as an accountant for subsidaries of Canadian mining company Noranda in Denver and Idaho. Following that were 36 years as CFO, then senior accountant, of non-profit behavioral health services provider Intermountain Centers for Human Development. Phil retired as CFO in October 2013, returning after a month to train a senior accountant. The new CFO counld not find anyone they could afford, so Phil offered to do it for “a while.” He is still doing that at about thirty hours a week and enjoying it as long as his schedule remains extremely flexible. 

Phil and Jan have three daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson. They really enjoy spending time with all of them. They spend a few weeks a year at their cabin in the mountains southwest of Denver, sometimes with grandkids. Jan spends a lot of time as deacon and member of Northminster Presbyterian in Tuscon and does a lot of sewing, quilting, and reading. Meanwhile Phil spends a lot of his time “worshipping” the cycling gods, including several international tours and anticipating riding the Natchez Trace Parkway the week after the reunion. 

 

Yes

John Parent
John has two children and six grandchildren. His wife, Kay (Rodabaugh, class of 1970), died in 2013. In 2014, John married Susan and they will celebrate their fifth anniversary in June. Susan has two children and three grandchildren. Their combined families are spread from Rhode Island to Oregon. John and Susan spend most of their travel budget visiting family. 

John was a United Methodist minister from 1996 to 2010, retiring so him and Kay could have some time doing things while she still could. John returned to ministry part time for a few months in 2014 and again in 2015. Presently, John and Susan are active in their church (First Baptist of Dayton) and John volunteers there. 

John says, “My time at Bluffton College gave me a good grounding in my faith, tempered with a respect for the great variety of approaches to God across our planet. A liberal arts education opened a lot of doors to the joy of learning all life long.

 

No

Paulette (Luginbill) Reichenbach
Paulette grew up in a family that had a tradition of attending Bluffton College. The Luginbill family is second generation. Paulette and her husband, Doug, were pleased that their three sons became third generation. Paulette and Doug have two daughters. They are hoping some of their 10 grandchildren will find their way to Bluffton as well.

Paulette has had a career centered on care of children in settings of home, schools, churches, camps and community. The last six years, economic justice has been a focus as she has been a part time staff and volunteer at One World Handcrafts, the local fair trade store. She has been on a disaster trip to Illinois, Indiana and Carolinas. Offering hospitality, with good food and fellowship, is a gift Paulette and Doug offer. This could be hosting grandchildren for Saturday morning breakfast, or engaging people in the church and wider community, including out of town family and friends. 

Paulette says, “I had a strong church connection at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora, Ohio, growing up and was taught the value of service to others. It seemed very comfortable moving on to the Bluffton campus with its Mennonite beliefs. Like others, I had a lot of growing up to do in self awareness and putting longings into right directions. With my interests in service, caring and nurturing children, I felt directed into the teaching field. Choosing elementary education to study prepared me well for my career of service to children. I enjoy singing and performing. Joining the Gospel Team and choirs at Bluffton were fine outlets for my music interest. To have a cross cultural experience by going on the European choir tour after my freshman year was valuable to get to experience other world cultures, and feel at ease in the broader world.”

 

Yes

James (Jim) Richard
Jim is married to Marcia A. Richard. They have three children and eight grandchildren. 

Jim has practiced law in Wooster, Ohio, since graduation from law school. 

Jim says that Bluffton gave him, “Career preparation and self-discovery.”

 

Yes

Libby (Eva Elizabeth Smith) Robold
Libby and her husband, Michael, have no birth children. They have had the pleasure of having younger family members living with them over the years. Their extended family of siblings and families are spread all over the country. 

Libby taught elementary education for thirteen years and special education as an art/yoga therapist for twenty years. She operated a bicycle touring vacation company for 25 years, taking people on biking, hiking, and kayaking journeys. Libby and Michael currently operate a large yoga wellness center. Libby is a Board Certified Yoga Therapist and Board Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She has a school called Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy. 

Libby says, “I was given a tremendous background and confidence for teaching, which has been and continues to be my life long career. I was encouraged to use my creativity and to do professional writing ( I have published numerous articles over the years in education, travel, Yoga, and Ayurveda and poetry). I was not a Mennonite, but was very connected to the non-violent philosophy that has nourished my life and stood as one of my personal core values. I have been very active in my church and to this day, serve as an assistant in the service, sing with the music team, work with youth groups, and have even been guest speaker a few times! I will always cherish some very special relationships that were part of my college life and beyond! I came to Bluffton with difficult family issues and financial challenges, yet departed a determined, excited young lady, ready to meet the world of possibilities. I will never forget my surprise at being the 1969 May Queen.

 

Yes

Jo Anne (Foreman) Rollison
Jo Anne married Leonard Rollison in 2003. He passed away in 2016. She is now working part-time as a Spanish translator for the Upper Sandusky Schools and leads a women's Bible study.

She says, Bluffton provided service opportunities to explore new horizons.  While at Bluffton, I went to Lima and Chicago to work with those dealing with the effects of poverty.  I went to Colombia to learn and serve in a Spanish-speaking environment.  God used these opportunities to guide me to hear and accept His call as a missionary to Honduras, where I served for 25 years.

 

Yes

Anna Louise Roehrle Roque
Anna’s husband, Francisco Roque, passed away five tears ago. They have two sons. 

Anna retired from IT. She has focused on volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and the Huron Valley Humane Society. 

Anna says, “I not only met my husband at Bluffton but also my long time friend Danielle (Porcase) Higgins.”

 

No

Barbara Fretz Ross
Barbara and her husband, Archie Ross, have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. They have two children, and each of their families has two children. They all live near Barbara and Archie, so they enjoy many activities together. 

Barbara taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades for 27 years, then she retired to help with her grandchildren. She volunteered in the local elementary school. 

Barbara says, “Bluffton College gave me a good start on my teaching career, and I then got my Masters degree in education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.”

 

Yes

Kuni Lu Ross
Kuni is married to Wayne Ross, who retired in 2009. They have two sons together. 

Kuni was a general music teacher at public schools in Ohio and Chicago until 1982. She taught piano in her home from 1982 until 2002. She is a volunteer at her church. 

Kuni says, “Even though I was in Bluffton only one year, it had a tremendous impact on the rest of my life in such a positive way.

 

Yes

Jay and Jean Rounds

 

Yes

Tom Roush
Tom and his wife, Mary Lou, have three children and six grandchildren. 

Tom retired in 2008. He plays tennis and golf in Florida and Lima. Tom and Mary Lou are active in the Estero Methodist Church. 

Tom says that because of Bluffton, “Lifelong friendships continue and does our 48 year marriage to Mary Lou (Fretz) Roush, who is from Bluffton Class of '70” 

 

No

Michael (Mike) R. Shields
Michael has been married for 42 years to Janelle Erskine. He has two kids and six grand kids. Michael owns two businesses, IdentiSys, a $66M Identification and Security business with over 170 employees, and Knopf Gallery, a seller of fine art landscape photography. Michael's son currently runs the main business, IdentiSys, but he stays active in both companies.

They are huge fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, having season tickets for 25 years and have even traveled with the team a couple of times. In the rest of their spare time they love to gamble, boat on Lake Minnetonka which they also live on, and spend as much time as possible with their grandkids. 

Michael belongs to, and is active in, a number of business related associations and also does business consulting for four consulting firms.

 

No

Kay (Motter) Sommer
Kay married Ron Ahten '69. Kay has two children and four grandchildren. Ron passed away in 2008 from brain cancer. Kay remarried in 2018 to Jim Sommer. She now also has four step children and eight stepgrandchildren. She moved from Ohio to Illinois in 2018.

Kay retired from teaching art in 2001 after 31 years (Elem, Jr. High, & H.S). She is active in Trinity United Methodist Church. She is a trustee for Delphos Canal Museum since 2002. Kay worked for Beinings Nursery & Landscaping from 2002-18 and loved it!

Kay says, “I had Jaye Bumbaugh for one year in high school. He was the one who helped me realize that I could/should go to college. At Bluffton, I was impressed with the overall atmosphere and integrity instilled by B.C. I felt that it matched my upbringing.” 

 

Yes

Maggie (Snyder) Sprunger
Maggie met her husband, Joe Sprunger ’68, at Bluffton College. They were married in 1971. Maggie and Joe have three children and six grandchildren.  

Maggie taught elementary school for 30 years. Most of her career was spent at Edison Public School District when her and her family lived in New Jersey for 36 years. Prior to working in New Jersey, Maggie worked in Michigan, New York, and India. Currently, Maggie and Joe live in Richmond, Virginia where Maggie has been active at First Mennonite Church of Richmond. At the church, she is a part of a support team for an Afghan refugee family and is also the Chair of the Worship Commission. 

Maggie says, “Bluffton was influential in giving me a great teaching foundation. The education program was strong, and I felt very prepared when I entered the classroom as a profession. Bluffton was also a good influence in offering many diverse courses and guest speakers who came to campus. The sound moral compass the college provided, along with the many friendships I formed have been lasting. I still see some classmates on a regular basis each year.

 

Yes

Nedra Brookmyer Steury-McCord
Nedra and her husband, Art, have five children and six grandchildren. 

Nedra is a volunteer gardener at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind. She enjoys gardening, and porcelain painting. Nedra's pieces are scattered across the US with some being located at the World Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

Nedra says, Bluffton University was a good fit for me and a wonderful place to further my education. My degree was in elementary education and I found I was well prepared to take over a classroom full of children. While teaching in Illinois, I received a Masters degree in learning disabilities and behavior disorders.  The best part of my four years at Bluffton was the bond of friendship with eight other women who still enjoy spending time together, supporting one another through life's challenges.

 

Yes

Nancy Young Trinka
Nancy is married to Joe Trinka. They have two children and four grandchildren. They love living in the Pacific Northwest. In the last few years, they have travelled to Burkina Faso in Africa and to Uruguay. In June they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a European river cruise. 

Nancy’s elementary teaching career has included teaching at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, in the Altus Public Schools’ migrant education program in Oklahoma, at the Western Oklahoma State College Child Development Laboratory (preschool) in Altus, and in the Puyallup School District, from which she retired. Nancy now volunteers at church in the nursery and with communion set up. She attends women’s Bible Study. She also excercises regularly with a group of women. 

Nancy says, “Ever since I was a young girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher and that I wanted to attend Bluffton College; so, when it came time to apply for college admission, Bluffton was the only school to which I applied. I was not disappointed! The education courses prepared me for my profession; valuable friendships were formed; and the campus/dorm life was enjoyable, stimulating, and provided opportunities for personal growth.”

 

No

Bonnie Raber Wickes
Bonnie married Jim Wickes in the early 70’s and they have a daughter together. They spent their early years in Hawaii before settling in Alaska for several decades. They now live in Seattle where their grandchildren are at the heart of their retirement years. 

Bonnie enjoyed a career as a couseling and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Anchorage. During her final few work years she provided support and couseling services on US military bases around the world. 

Bonnie says, “From Bluffton , I joined the Peace Corps in Malaysia where I met Jim and we still enjoy returning to Sarawak when we can. I feel that my liberal arts education prepared me well for continued learning and graduate studies. Some of my interests include travel, psycho-spiritual traditions and healing, yoga and meditation, writing. For the past twenty years, I have been blessed to see some of my Bluffton friends on an annual basis.” 

 

Yes

Mary K. (Hostetler/Caffee) Witte
Mary is retired as a high school English teacher, department head and co-coordinator of the gifted and talented program. She continues to serve as a church music director (51 years), providing private keyboard instruction (45 years) and volunteers presenting music programs at a local nursing home and DayCare. She has two sons (one deceased), a daughter and two grandchildren. 

   
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