Class of 1978

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?

Cathy (Beery) Berg
Life has been interesting and always changing in the past 40 years: Working with older adults and my love of books and information resulted in working at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community (Ill.), Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Ohio) and Greencroft Goshen Retirement Community (Ind.) currently. Marrying later in life provides joy with Terry Berg (spouse) and 2 sons, Justin (graduating BU 2019) and Zachary (graduating PU 2021). Enjoying the beauty and people of the many places I've lived and now being in the vibrant community of Goshen, Ind., and being able to walk to event/activities. 

  YES

Marie Yoder Dyck 
Rodney and I live along the banks of the Riley just west of Bluffton where we enjoy gardening, beekeeping, watching birds, bike rides, walks and nature. A recently added solar array assists the passive solar earth sheltered home we built 33 years ago. Visits to children in Santa Fe, NM and New York, as well as an upcoming trip to India with Rodney's siblings and offspring, are all greatly anticipated.

  YES

Julie (Slaydon) Henderson

  yes

Mark Hilty 
I have discontinued the practice of primary care internal medicine and am transitioning to new medical interests. Maryanne continues to practice cardiology in Fall River MA.
I am currently enjoying time off to be with my high school age children Katie and C.J..

  Yes

Louise (Lehman) and Lawrence Matthews
Louise serves as the director of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center and Lawrence as development associate at Bluffton University. We live in the farm house at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve and enjoy long bike rides, visiting children and grandchildren, and hosting students and other guests in our home. We look forward to sharing May Day weekend with many of you from the class of 1978!

  yes

GALEN PENNER 
I live in Rochester, Ill., and am pastor of the Rochester Mennonite Church. 

  Yes

Joseph D. Recker 
My wife of 38 years, Dr. Anna Horstman, and I are empty nesters. Our four children have moved onto independence including a pediatrician, 2 CFAs and a junior high principal. We both continue to work full time, farming, a medical practice and a few other adventures that we still enjoy.

  YES

Dianne (Bauman) Sprunger
I make music with lots of different groups and students, especially my church family in Columbus, Ind. I am married. We have two grown sons who live in different countries.

  Yes

Mary Pannabecker Steiner 
My husband, Fred, and I own and operate two online news sites -- The Bluffton Icon (www.blufftonicon.com) and The Ada Icon (www.adaicon.com) After working at Bluffton University for nearly 20 years, I "retired" to become administrative assistant at First Mennonite church and to spend more time on our businesses. When time allows, we visit our daughters in LaCrosse, Wisc., and Cincinnati. 

  yes

Cosette Hostetter Thomas 
After retirement a few years ago, I am enjoying traveling and time with grandchildren.

  Yes

David and Laura (Becker '79) Voth
I've been Executive Director of Crime Victim Services since 1985. Laura and I enjoy our children and four grand children whenever possible. Our son Luke, and his wife Cindy, and their children live in Goshen, Indiana, and our daughter Eva lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

Yes

 

Keith Yoder
My wife Carla and I have been married for 37 years. We are still working full time and living in the Peoria, IL area. We are proud parents of 3 girls, 2 son-in-laws, and 2 grandsons, with two more grandchildren arriving shortly. For the last 40 years, I have been working in the finance and investment management field for Mennonite Mutual Aid in Goshen, Caterpillar, and most recently for Raymond James in Peoria as a financial advisor.

 

Yes