University High School
Class of 1970
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|28 Jun 2021||David Earl Miller, of Nashville, Indiana, died June 11,
2021. He was at University School only for Kindergarten. A photo and an
obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
Elizabeth "Liz" Halsteen Wuertz, of Waverly, Iowa, died June 16, 2021, while on vacation on Mackinac Island, Michigan. A photo and an obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
|13 Mar 2021||Judy Pett has informed us that Deborah Faye "Debbie" Allinger, Class Valedictorian and math professor at MIT, died March 30, 1919. A photo and an obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.|
|13 Mar 2021||The 50th Reuinion dates have been changed: October 1-3, 2021, at the Fourwinds Inn and Marina. Deb (Beard) Huffer and Judy Pett are in charge, and folks can reach Judy at 859-240-5853 or email@example.com for details.|
|15 May 2020||The 50th Reuinion that was planned for October 2 & 3, 2020, has been postponed until October 15 &16 2021.|
|27 Feb 2020||Judy Pett informs us that Gary Steven Steve Ray died November 7, 2018; an obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page. Also, Marc Donahue "Peanut" Houdeshel died February 20, 2020.|
|25 Feb 2020||Judy Pett, who lives in South Carolina, is organizing a 50th reunion, to be held October 2nd and 3rd in Bloomington. You can contact her here. You can contact Dave Gray if you want her telephone number.|
|6 Jun 2019||Steven Arthur "Steve" Brooks died May 31, 2019, in Bloomington. A photo and an obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page. He was at UHS in 1st & 2nd grades.|
|17 Jun 2018||Karol Lynn Rumple Leavitt died May 19, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.|
|22 Mar 2018||I used the Commemcement Program to add middle names for many Class members. If there is an error in your name, please let me know. Dave Gray '65|
|4/30/17||Jody Miller has been listed as deceased in these pages for many years. This was in error. Everett Chasteen writes: "She is alive, a patient at Garden Villa Nursing Facility. She has been there all these years since the accident and her quality of life is poor. She was in an auto accident about 1969 or 1970 that she has never recovered from. I have been to the nursing home to visit people many times in the years since, and always say Hi to her. She cant speak, but acknowledges people with a thumbs up or a hand high in the air."|
|11/28/11||Tom Dorn wrote: "Tom is not so lost, but living in Atlanta; patent inventor and book writer and other things."|
|11/7/11||Tom Webster wrote:
"My wife and I live in Gainesville, FL, with our 14-year-old daughter whom we
adopted from China when she was only 6 months old. She is a true gift in our
lives. We also have two sons that are 29 and 32 who add richness to our lives
as well. I was just in Bloomington on November 5 to celebrate my mother's
88th birthday and was unfortunately unaware of the all class reunion that same
I have spent the last 18 years working in local government, administering state and federally funded grants to help low to moderate income families obtain or maintain affordable housing. I also spent 8 years of my life building houses with Habitat for Humanity in St. Pete, FL. One of the reasons I love Gainesville is that it is a college town,and reminds me of many fond memories of Bloomington. My wife and I love to snorkel in the springs, kayak, bike, hike, and camp. Glad I found this website.
|8/8/11||Sally Bartlett Gerber writes - "Hello, I'm interested in being contacted about any future gatherings of the class of 1970 although I am not officially a member of that class, nor of the class of '71. During Christmas break of our senior year I became ill and was out for the entire second semester. That summer of 1970 I took the 1 art class which I needed to graduate, but because of the timing, I guess I was left off the official list of 1970 graduates, as well as the list of 1971 graduates. This never bothered me during the busy 40 years subsequent to that, but now I find myself looking back as far as Kindergarten and recalling the children I knew then and during those next 12 years spent at U-school. I think it would be fun to reconnect on some level with those of you I knew then, and to possibly attend the next reunion. 50!? Through the years I have run into a a few classmates at various events, so I have not been totally cut off, (especially since I've never left Indiana)."|
|1/17/11||John Long sent 40th reunion photos some time ago - sorry for the delay in posting them, John. See them HERE or click the "Photos" link above.|
|1/01/11||Kevin Taber checked in here and on facebook. "My son just got me involved in Facebook and I found this UHS info. Whoever put this together did a great job".|
|8/20/10||From Margaret Farkas Radke "come one and all to the 1970 40th reunion on Sept 10 (Fri) at Nicks starting at 7:00"|
|6/10/10||Joy Hutts Kieffer writes: "I moved away right after high school, and have only been able to return for visits to my parents. I found this site while looking for information about a possible 40th reunion, as I will be in Bloomington for my parents 60th wedding anniversary at the end of June this year. I'm an artist (no, really?!!) and a pastor's wife - again, no surprise there either, and a young parent! We had 8 foster kids and adopted the last two, who are 13 and 14 now. So, no grand kids, but a very busy life!"|
|5/14/10||Stephen Richard Suer,"Steve", passed away unexpectedly on
Saturday, May 8, 2010. An avid athlete, Steve enjoyed cycling, running,
swimming, and was passionate about scuba diving. Steve's life was forever
changed by a tragic bicycle accident in 2004. Steve's tremendous strength of
character became an inspiration for many following the accident. He is loved
and will be greatly missed by all those whose life he touched and cared for him
these past few years. Steve was born in Ohio, raised in Bloomington, Indiana
and moved to the Sacramento area about 30 years ago. He received both
undergraduate and MBA degrees from Indiana University. Steve leaves behind his
beloved wife of 32 years, Carolyn Suer; three children and three grandchildren.
He is survived by his brother Jay (Barbara) Taylor of Indianapolis IN, brother
Robert (Gail) Suer of Muncie, IN, sister Jeri Taylor (David Moessinger) of Sea
Ranch, CA and sister Lynn Suer (Bruce Pavlik) of Oakland, CA. Preceded in death
by both parents, Robert and Ruah Suer, and sister Amy Suer.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from May 12 to May 14, 2010
Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=stephen-richard-suer&pid=142688558#ixzz0zqkFfHzG
|11/28/09||Debbie Wolfe said: "I did not know about this website until today. You would have thought Lee McKinley from class of 1969 would have told me since we work together now. Guess it is his secret. I wish to touch bases with all who remember me. I am a nurse for the hospital now, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. This is so exciting to reconnect with others from U School. Go Univees !!!!!" (Hey Debbie - look down below for a note from you on 5/25/07 !! - mjo webmaster)|
|2/10/09||Don Walters wrote: "Hello everyone! I just found this website. Have lived in bloomington all my life! I am divorced, 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 2nd on the way! My mother passed away last year."|
Leamon registered on the UHS page with this message for old friends:
"My family moved from Bloomington to Tallahassee, FL, during 9th grade. Although I didn't graduate from UHS I did spend six years at this school (4th-9th grades) and would like to be listed with the "Class of 1970". I sure had a lot of friends there and reading the list of classmates has certainly brought back many good memories. I have a couple of class pictures of our 4th and 5th grade classes. I can email you copies if you're interested. Thanks for this site!"
|3/21/08||Katherine Ann (Perry) Stephens died on March 19, 2008.
Kathy attended University School in Bloomington and graduated in 1970. She
graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in Math
Education and her Masters Degree in Special Education. She was employed
at Bloomington High School North as a Math educator. Kathy is survived by her
husband, Roger, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her mother and
step-father, Wesley and Judy Baker, and her step-mother, Linda Perry, also
Kathy is also survived by her sisters and brothers: Debra Barnes (UHS/BHSN '73), Cindy Cleary, Lori Teach, Lori Whaley, Susan Liggett, Wesley Keith Baker, Randy Baker, and Mike Apple.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association for lung cancer research. information from the Bloomington Herald-Times.
|3/08/08||Jim Wolff writes:
Hello classmates, hope you are all doing well.
As is posted on our web site Jimmy Sinn passed away in 2007. I always loved Jim like a brother but was never fonder of him than the last two of his life. I reconnected with Jim in 2005 while I was in Bloomington for our 2005 class reunion. His health had become pretty poor by that time. Jimmy thought he could run through a brick wall and he had tried several times too many (just one of the things I loved about him). He still had his great sense of humor and was the same practical joker he had always been.
We talked at least weekly on the telephone, sometimes twice a day as his health kept him confined the last 6 months. Jim had changed so much over the years and I want you all to know what a wonderful human being he has become. Jim loved kids, working with kids and coaching them in football. He always wanted to know if his old friends had children and how they were, what they were doing. He treated mine like he had his own. He had become a bit of a philosopher and was very concerned about the direction our culture seemed to be taking.
Although he had become a hermit of sorts Jim was always asking me about many of our classmates. The fact is Jim felt bad about the way some things turned out in his life. Although we never discussed it much I could tell he was embarrassed by some things that had happened in his life. He wished he had taken better advantage of his potential. As a result he isolated, which was too bad for all of us because over the years he has become a tender hearted soul.
He called me the day he slipped into a coma ... I missed that call but I still have the message...he closed with "love ya brother" as he always did nearly every time we spoke. I just wanted let you, my classmates what a great guy this classmate became. I miss him so often.
Best wishes to you all....Jim Wolff, Franklin TN
|7/18/07||Susan White Bastian says: "I'd love to know about the next class of 1970 reunion!" - and Steve Bastian adds: Susan discovered the UHS website today. We got a kick from reading about old familiar names and looking at some crazy pictures. We were just talking about U-School this past weekend. What a great website. Great job!!!"|
|7/10/2007||Louise Siffin died July 6, 2007. She was a life-long, off
and on, resident of Bloomington, graduating from IU, where she was an
exceptional scholar of international relations. She traveled the world as
Special Assistant to former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Jeane Kirkpatrick, and later as co-founder of the National Endowment for
Democracy in Washington, D.C. In 1988, Louise and her partner, Stan Gage,
returned to Bloomington with their daughter. She worked at Indiana University
in various capacities, serving last as the Director of Global Programs and
Managing Director of CIBER for the Kelley School of Business.
Louise is survived by her daughter Leah Gage, her mother, her brother Kelly Siffin and his wife and two children, her brother Mark Siffin (UHS '68) and his wife and two children, and Leah's brother Demian Gage and his family. Her death was preceded by her father, William J. Siffin of Bloomington, and Stan Gage of Indianapolis.
|6/3/07||There is an obituary in the 6/3/2007 Herald Times for James
Sinn, who died in Bloomington on May 31. In part the obituary says:
"A 1970 graduate of University High School, he was an All-State Football player for the Univees. James was an employee of Indiana University where he worked as a supervisor for the parking facilities. Being a former football player, he spent countless hours as a volunteer with youth sports activities with his sons, including serving as President of the Youth Football League in its early stages."
|5/25/07||Debbie Wolfe writes:
"I now am a nurse at Promptcare East here in Bloomington. I am working on
finishing a nursing degree, at my age it is hard! I don't know how many of you
remember me. I was always one of the shy students. I now work with Dr. Lee
McKinley (Class of '69) and he has not let me live down not going to the last
class reunion. Hopefully there will be more and maybe other get-to-gethers for
the class and friends. I got married about a year after graduation but have
been divorced for years. I have 2 children, Stephenie and Matthew and have 4
beautiful grandkids (ages 2 to 12).
I just found this web site and was really excited to see all the names I remembered from classes. I went to school with some really special people and am saddened by the loss of some of them. Let me know when the next get together is and I will try to be off from work to attend. If any of you remember me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you."
|3/30/07||Cindy Richardson Carpenter says: "I just stumbled on this website today, 3/30/07. Somehow, I missed all the reunion gatherings in '05. I'm not far from Bloomington - about 60 miles SW. Hope to see everyone at 40th. -Cindy"|
|3/28/07||Kathryn Hoffa Betournay says: "We moved to Concord, NH, in 2006, and I am semi-retired, and enjoying doing creative quilting and volunteer work."|
|8/22/06||Warren Meinschein wrote: "I just went searching, on a whim, for University High School and was surprised to find this web site. I have been out of touch for decades but 2 years ago I moved from South Florida to the the Cincinnati area so I am close to Bloomington again. I know, in the near future, I would like to arrange a visit Bloomington so I thought I would send out a note and say 'Hi' to any ex-Univees who are around."|
writes: "My brother, Frank, phoned me last week from UHS's all-class re-union,
prompting this message. I would be quite interested in hearing from any Univees
from the 1967-68 school year, as I attended UHS that one year, lettered in
varsity football and wrestling; and also because I was only a 10th grader then,
additionally played in the Reserve team football games on Monday afternoons. I
have some good memories of team-mates and class-mates at UHS, although some
might recall my difficulty adjusting to Bloomington, after moving there from
Cleveland, OH, where I was born and raised.
I've been in Boulder since 1976, where I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, became a licensed psychologist, and conduct a private practice specializing in forensic and neuropsychology. I have 2 great kids, currently 18 and 26 years old. Their mother and I remain great friends, albeit not great spouses."
|10/18/05||Click on the "Reunion Information" link for information about '70 and the UHS all school reunion.|
|10/12/05||Margaret Farkas Radke writes: "party times nears....be there or be square...my house on Fri. Oct. 28th ....more details/map to follow! Margaret Radke (Farkas) And yes, I am the same wonderful, witty beautiful, intelligent, lying person I always was!|
|10/1/05||Christy Savage Linnemeier writes again - "Dear Class of 70 members! Not everything has been finalized yet, but we are currently planning to have a get together for our class (and friends from other classes if they want to come) at Margaret Farkas (now Radke)'s house here in Bloomington on Fri. evening, Oct. 28th about 7:00p.m. When we finalize everything I'll post info here (such as location, phone numbers, etc.)" Christy|
|9/30/05||Kathryn Hoffa Betournay writes: "I'm glad to have discovered our class website and especially the photos of the 35th. It's great to see faces of friends I haven't seen since 1970, and some of you who were also at our 20th. I have recently completed my work as a Pastoral Counselor and Chaplain at the retirement community where I had worked for 11 years. Now I will focus my energies on creating Fabric Art and spending time with my husband of 32 years, John, in NH and at our cottage in Owls Head, Maine. My major interest at this time is Christian Spirituality.|
|8/8/05||Christy Savage Linnemeier writes: "Hey, members of the class of 1970. Lynn Cochran and I have discussed organizing an informal get together for members of the class of 1970 that are attending the all school reunion in Oct., especially since so few class members knew about the June reunion. Spread the word that there will be some kind of get together. More details later.|
|7/29/05||PHOTOS! - You have 35th reunion photos, thanks to John Long. If anyone else wants to send some, send to Margaret Olson. - More added 8/10|
|7/23/05||Bill Koressel writes: "Greetings everyone, sorry that I was unable to attend the last reunion. Hope all had a great time. Busy here, planning on moving back to Bloomington, wife and son are already there, I remained behind to sell a few pieces of historical properties and to take care of my practice... Yes went back to school and finished a PhD (WWWHHEEWWW) not a good idea with a teenager in the house, but did set a good study example. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces. Feel free to write, would enjoy hearing from one and all. My best, Bill Koressel"|
|7/16/05||Melanie Hunt writes: "I accepted the task of organizing the 40-year class reunion in 2010. Richard Roherbacher has volunteered to help me; thank you, Richard! Judy Gaskill (prev. Pett) did the 2005 one in June. Both she and I have copies of the most recent class mailing list. Mine was last updated in 2000, and I don't know about hers, but intend to see what she's got that's more recent. I'll probably also have an informal summer reunion in 2006, possibly where my husband and I live, in Brown County, everyone welcome."|
|6/29/05||John Long attended the
35th reunion and wrote this message to: Judy "Peck" Pett Gaskill CLASS OF
"Thanks again for organizing the 35 year reunion for the UHS Class of '70. With only 13 class members in attendance, there was ample opportunity to actually talk with old friends and our "group therapy" exercise - what was the best thing about high school, what was the worst & what was the most embarrassing - was very enlightening. "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.." seems to describe the high school experience for most of us.
Sunday morning I realized what a civilized & subdued reunion it had been - I still had 2 unredeemed drink coupons in my shirt - that wouldn't have been the case 10 years ago. Although it would have been great to have seen more people at the reunion, I'm grateful for any excuse to return to Bloomington. Because you took the time & effort to put together the reunion, I was able to experience the best of Bloomington - eating & drinking at Nick's with old friends, swimming in the quarries (Long Hole) with Wolffie & McCutone and hamburgers at Hinkle's - it just doesn't get any better.
So once again, thanks so much, Judy, and it was great seeing Tem, Judy, Nancy, Sarah, Lisa, Randee, Scott (Waldo), Jim (Wolffie), Dan (McCutone), Melanie and Christy - I'm already looking forward to the 40th reunion. GO UNIVEES!! ---John"
Linnemeier writes: I left school after my junior year and did a lot of
working and traveling and being a hippie for a number of years. I began dating
Richard Linnemeier (class of '69) in the fall of 1974. Three and a half years
later we got engaged and 3 and a half years after that we got married (1981).
Meanwhile, I went to IU and got a BA in Biology and he went to Dental School. I
worked in a lab in Indianapolis for a year while he finished Dental School.
Then he joined the Army Dental Corps and we lived in Lawton, Oklahoma (Ft.
Sill) for 3 years. I tutored American Indian children in the public schools
there. Our one and only son, Micah, was born at Ft. Sill on July 3, 1985.
Richard got out of the Army that September and we moved back to Bloomington. I
spent the next 18 years raising our son, and volunteering in Micah's school
(helping kids publish their books in the school publishing center, working in
the school library, going on field trips, and tutoring in the class room). We
also bought some rental properties and I help manage those. I also manage my
brother-in-law's properties about 6 months out of the year and pet sit for a
friend's dogs quite often.
Richard and I love nature and the outdoors. We like to hike, canoe, and birdwatch. We love pets and have a labrador retriever, 3 cats, an African Grey Parrot, a turtle, and goldfish. Richard has built two ponds in our backyard and we have fish and frogs living in them. We transplant a lot of plants from nature into our yard.
We also love to travel--especially to foreign countries. Micah graduated from high school more than 6 months early and he wanted to go somewhere really different from the U.S. Richard and I had been to India and couldn't think of anyplace more different to take him. We all went to Amsterdam first and then to India. Richard had to come home early to work, but Micah and I went on to Thailand and then back to India for awhile. We were gone 6 and a half weeks.
Micah just finished his sophomore year at IU and is studying computer science. He and his girlfriend live in one of our apartments. He turns 20 this summer.
|6/28/05||Nancy Saltzman writes: "I just attended the reunion for our class in Bloomington and it was great to see everyone! I look forward to our 40th reunion." See Nancy's web page here.|
|6/23/05||Dan McCutchen says: "Bloomington is my roots and I love seeing all my friends where we can pick up where we left off. So many great memories."|
|6/23/05||Jim Wolff writes that he's: "retired, country music song writer"|
|5/31/05||Judy Pett Gaskill writes: "Hi, Everyone...I am the contact for the 35th reunion which is being held on June 24, 25, 26 at the Four Winds Marina in Bloomington. The cost is $50 per person, we will have dinner and music, and there is a lot of other things to do there. Please RSVP to Judy Gaskill email@example.com before June 10, and I will let you know where to send $$! Hope you can make it!"|
|3/24/05||Lynn Stoia Walker writes: "35 years!!!! Wow doesn't seem like it's been that long, does it? Would love to hear from some of the old gang. I have just remarried and moved so please note my new name and address. I don't get back to Bloomington much since both my parents passed away in 2002. Keep in touch. Lynn"|
|3/23/05||Deb Birchler writes: "I am a realtor and actress in the Minneapolis/St Paul, MN, area...let me know if you are ever in the area...would love to see you."|
|2/16/04||Paula Stapley Hibler writes: "Moving to Bloomington this year after living in Indianapolis for 28 years. Looking forward to being back home. After 15 years in the criminal defense field, my husband and I are starting a new architectural business in Bloomington."|
|10/1/04||Randee Murray Miller writes that she is a Nurse Practitioner in Indianapolis.|
|4/15/02||Sally Jones writes: I am married to Frank Young (Class of 66). We're a couple of old hippies who live on a small farm in Owen County|
|Oct 29, 2005 - All School Reunion
Bloomington Convention Center
There will be a gathering for the class of 70 and any other interested old U-schoolers and friends at the home of Margaret Farkas Radke the Friday (Oct. 28th) before the reunion. - see next item
|Reservations Received as of 11/01/2005 for:
'70 - Gerald Brown & Pat, Charles Carper & Barbara, Lynn Cochran, William Drummond, Margaret Farkas Radke & Terry, Nels Gunderson, Charles Howell, Melanie Hunt & Jonathan Bolte, Frederick Lucas, David Martin, Kathy Perry Stephens, Sarah Pizzo Press, Brian Reynolds, Richard Rohrbacher, Nancy Saltzman, Christy Savage Linnemeier & Richard, Paula Stapley Hibler, Georgia Steele Gehrki, Carol Thomson Maloney & Mayer
|Oct 28, 2005 - '70 (and friends)
Friday, Oct 28, 7:30 pm
at the home of
Margaret Farkas Radke
|Class of "70" and any other U-Schoolers/Panthers who knew us,
unite! You are invited to a party giving by Margaret Radke (Farkas), Lynn
Cochran, and Christy Linnemeier on Fri Oct 28th. It will be at Margaret's house
starting around "7:30ish". Please bring either $6.00 per person or a decent
bottle of booze or a wonderful appetizer to share to help us defray the costs.
Feel free to contact any of us for more info. Lynn Cochran
Linnemeier firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Directions to the Radke home: 3833 Woods Edge Bend (Sherwood Oaks, Two) - Numbers are on the house - Phone 335-8846
- From NORTH
Go South on Henderson until it turns into South Walnut Pike (after is crosses Winslow), Go about 3/4 mile after crossing Winslow until you see sign on left for Peppergrass Condos. Take a left there onto Heather Lane. Continue for ½ mile until you see Woods Edge Way on your left. Take it and go to "T" take a left on Woods Edge Bend, and we are the third house on the right.
- From EAST
You can also come east to the south out of town on Collage Mall Road which goes into Sare Rd. and "Ts" into Rhorer Rd.. Take a right on Rhorer; go about ¼ mile up a hill and take a right (into Sherwood Oaks Two) on Jamie Lane. Go though one 4-way stop (Benson Ct) and then take the next right onto Woods Edge Way to "T" at Woods Edge Bend; take left and we are 3rd house on right.
Or do your own Google/ Mapquest search!!!!
|2005 - Thirty fifth - Fourwinds
Resort & Marina
June 24 - Golf Scramble
June 25, Dinner & Dance
June 26, tba
See Reunions at Classmates.com
for more information
Contact Judy Pett Gaskill
|PHOTOS! - You have 35th reunion photos, thanks to John Long|
|To see the Find-A-Grave page, click here|
|Then copy the number into the "# Memorial ID" field.|
Updated 08 Oct 2021