The Chesterton High
School class of 1965 held their 50th year reunion on the weekend of August
29 and 30.
met on Saturday evening at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria on Indian Boundary Rd.
Everyone enjoyed pizza and a salad bar and spent the evening sharing
memories, along with pictures of children and grandchildren. The night
definitely included lots of photos and lots of smiles.
there was another get-together with a breakfast buffet at the Hilton Garden
Inn. Several classmates who were unable to attend the Saturday night affair
were able to visit with friends and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Sunday evening was
the class banquet at Sand Creek Country Club. Members gathered for a class
picture taken by Dan Bruhn Photo and Design, then after a prayer by Bill
Flynn, enjoyed sumptuous appetizers, a wonderful dinner, and a well stocked
bar before starting the evening’s festivities.
introduced the first guest of the evening, Pilar Rodriguez de Massaguer, who
was an exchange student from Ecuador at CHS. She earned a degree in clinical
engineering and a Ph.D. in food engineering from Rutgers University. She
worked for the State University of Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she
retired a full professor seven years ago. She now is the head of Labtermo, a
specialized laboratory for microbiological food quality, which she started
after her retirement. She was extremely happy to see her classmates again
for the first time in so many years. Evans presented her with a gift
including both a CD with class pictures from all the class of ‘65 reunions
and a CD including many of the beautiful Indiana Dunes photos he has taken
over the years.
introduced the classmate who traveled the furthest (not including Pilar).
Sue Hutton Hughes came all the way from Qualicom Beach, British Columbia,
Canada. She was presented with a beautiful travel bag, which she was very
pleased to receive.
The next award
Evans presented went to Nancy Schrader for the classmate with the most
children and grandchildren. She received a nice photo album. When Evans
announced there would be an award for the most children and grandchildren,
Nancy was heard to say “Uh-Oh”.
Dan Howe then
introduced the next guest, former speech and debate teacher Glen Percifield
who attended with his wife of 54 years, Letty. They are retired and enjoying
condo living on the beach in Michigan City. Percifield spoke of how he
enjoyed teaching at CHS and was surprised at how many students he still
recognized as the night went on. He also mentioned that he has worked on his
high school class reunions (Nashville, Indiana) for many years. Percifield
was awarded with the coveted (and approaching rarity) CHS Class of 1965
While the John
Denver song “Perhaps Love” played in the background, Howe read the names of
37 classmates who have passed away, along with a mention of any of the class
of 1965 teachers who were no longer with us, and read a poem in their honor.
After that, Howe
introduced the chairperson of the reunion committee, Lois Peterson Fancher.
He remarked about how important she has been in organizing the reunions over
the years and how it was likely that without her they may not have been
possible. Then Fancher was presented with a gift from the rest of the
reunion committee in honor of all she has done.
introduced the rest of the reunion committee, including Dennis Evans, Dan
Howe, Tom Lee (who also created a beautiful memorial to all of the
classmates who were military veterans), Karan Masterton Smith, and Bill
Young. She also recognized the address committee including Sue Hutton
Hughes, Nancy Schrader, Marcia Griswold, and Hedy Randler Ballestero, along
with special thanks to Joe Slamka and the late Wanda Hodge for news
Names were then
drawn to give away the prizes, gifts, and memorabilia the committee had
accumulated over the years. This was followed by dancing to the music of
deejay Midwest Mike, who also added in some class of 1965 trivia contests. A
great time was had by all, and the reunion committee would like to thank
everyone who attended.