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MTHS Class of 1961
This information was taken from the Senior Yearbook.  
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Mary Lou Schertz
Kay Francis Garber
Stephen Smith
Margie Adams
Eileen Briggs
Rodney Bachman
Sandra Kay Brodt
John Walter Beechler
Judith Kay Call
Nancy Helen Carmichael
Collin Clough
William John Durst
Steve Fandel
Judith Fehr
Deborah Elizabeth Freeburg
Sue Ann Fryrear
Janice Gangloff
Joanne Kay Gangloff
Bob Geick
Judith A. Grebner
Marvin J. Grebner
William Joseph Grebner
Robert J. Grob
Merlin C. Guth
Donald L. Ham
Juanita E. Harrison
William D. Irwin
Jim Jones
Susan Jones
Larry J. Kennel
Charles Kern
Paula Aileen Kerrigan
Carolyn C. Kiesewetter
Phil Koenig
Joyce Diane Kohl
Georgia Lorell Lowry
Richard L. May
Ronald McClary
Charles L. McDaniel
James L. McDermott
Eddie Meeks
Marlys Minger
Johnny Nance
Joe Perina
Charles E. Romoley
Joanne Reeb
Diane Kay Remmert
Carol Richardson
Lucinda Ridings
Douglas Riggert
Jerome F. Scheirer
Marvin Scheirer
Sandra Jean Schertz
Kay Lorraine Schierer
Thomas E. Schierer
Kenneth Schneider
Wilbur L. Schneider
Linda Schoonover
Pamela Schrepfer
Marvin W. Schrock
James A. Schupp
Robert R. Schutts
Murnie Spooner
Marlene Sue Springer
Kathryn Jean Steider
Shirley Lee Stock
Richard W. Sweat
Wayne A. Thomas
Bruce Thompson
Charles Robert Todden
Beverly Theresa Wernsman
Margie Zilm
Harlan Charles Zobrist

Maiden Name: Elbert
Class of: 1961
Address: 321 W. Chatham, Box 290, Metamora IL  61548
Phone: 309-367-2557

Comments: I graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1964, and retired after working 39 years in the nursing field.  I married Willie De Ford in 1965, and we still live in Metamora.  We have three children, Penny De Ford-Goff, Laurie Mirus, and Russ De Ford.  We also have 4 grandchildren, Courtney Goff, Wren Goff, Montana Mirus, and Natalie De Ford.  Willie retired from Caterpillar in 2002.

Maiden Name: Garber
Class of: 1961
Address: 752 South River, St. Anthony ID 83445
Phone: 208-624-3446 

Comments: Ron and I retired in June and left Denver for a place in Idaho.  We had 2 children, Jeff, who is married and has 2 children and living in Idaho Falls. Shelley is living in Austin TX and works.

Name: Donald L Ham
Class of: 1961
Address: 4912 Bayshore Drive, Seneca  SC   29672
Phone: 864- 654-5182
Web site:

Comments: My formal education continued after high school until I concluded it with a Masters and a PhD in forestry from Duke University.  I met my future wife, Rae Ann Healzer, while in undergraduate school and we married in 1965.  I worked in Charlotte, NC, for six years with Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories before joining Clemson University in 1975.  I had Extension, teaching, and research responsibilities at Clemson, primarily in urban forestry and arboriculture.  I retired from full-time work at Clemson in 2003 and completely in 2005.  Primarily as a result of my activities with a professional organization, Rae Ann and I have traveled extensively internationally. We have two children, Jennifer and Derek, who live in Cypress, TX and Seneca, SC, respectively with their families.  Jennifer has identical twin five-year-old girls and Derek has a two-year-old son and a daughter due to arrive in May. I am consulting in urban forestry and arboriculture nearly full time now.  I'm not ready for a life of leisure yet, but we do find time to keep traveling and enjoying our family. 

Class of: 1961
Address: 3101 Mill Bank Lane, Springfield  IL  62704
Phone: 217-793-3183

Comments: After receiving a degree from ISU, I taught and worked in the Pekin and Aurora (West) Schools.  Finished my doctorate at Ohio State and came to Springfield to work in state government in 1975.  Married Sheila Pruden and we will become grandparents in 2002 when my daughter Emily, a teacher in Springfield, has her first child.  My son Keith works in the emerging technology unit of the IL Dept. of Revenue in Springfield.  I took early retirement from my position as Deputy Director of the IL Board of Higher Education in July, 2001 and am now working half-time directing the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University in Normal.  We continue to live in Springfield where I also have a part-time position in the area of governmental relations.

Class of: 1961
Address: PO Box 163, 618 Kennedy Drive, Metamora  IL  61548-0163
Phone: 309-367-4508

Comments: Married to Marilyn for 41 years, have three children, Steven Scott, Cynthia Jeane, and Jeffery Wayne. We have five grandsons and one grand-daughter. We never did leave the Metamora Area. Worked at Caterpillar for 35 years. Spent most of that time in management until I retired.

Maiden Name: Poignant
Class of: 1961
Address: 104 Mallard Ln., East Peoria, IL  61611
Phone: 309-822-8770

Comments: Married to John Schaer (class of 1959) since Dec 1961, have two children: Kellie (born 1964) director of day care center at Praire State College in Chicago Heights and Ken (born 1965) vice-president of Dove Equipment in East Peoria. We have 2 grandsons. I worked at WABCO 1961-1964 in accounting, graduated from ICC in 1970 and Bradley University in 1972 with a BS degree in chemistry. Worked at Caterpillar as a chemist 1972-1988 then as programmer/ analyst in test engineering 1988-2001 (retired June 1, 2001). I have been director of the Spring Bay United Methodist Church choir since 1972, member of Rotary (hosted 7 exchange students), and member of Illinois Assoc of Fire Protection Districts auxiliary committee.

Hobbies include bowling, fishing, card playing with family and friends, and traveling. We have traveled through most countries of Europe, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, and 49 USA states. 

Name: Stephen A. Smith
Class of: 1961
Address: 22469 E. Plymouth Circle, Aurora CO 80016
Phone: 303-627-8436

Class of: 1961
Address: 3207 Yorkshire Ct., Bloomington  IL  61704-1259
Phone: 309-663-2548

Comments: After graduation, attended Bradley University for one semester. Served in the US Navy four years, during early Vietnam era. Returned to Illinois State University after discharge and began working at State Farm Insurance, Corporate. Married, had two daughters - Jennifer & Joanna, then divorced 1976. Remarried to Mary Ann (now partner in accounting firm) in 1978, we have daughter Marissa, who graduated from ISU and now teaches 8th grade math & science in Orland Park, Chicago area suburb.

Retired in 2005 from State Farm after 38 years and now take care of everything at home, do some volunteer work and go fishing alot. Life is good! Looking forward to traveling more, later on whenever Mary Ann retires. We plan to continue living in Bloomington in foreseeable future.

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