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Class of 1965 enjoys 50th reunion

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The Chesterton High School class of 1965 held their 50th year reunion on the weekend of August 29 and 30.

Classmates first 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.

Sunday morning 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.

Dennis Evans 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.

Evans next 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 coffee mug.

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.

Fancher then 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 clippings.

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.



Posted 9/23/2015




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