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Bloomington, Indiana

Class of 1949

'49 Contact:    Jim Smith
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31 Mar 2022 Elizabeth Pierson has informed us that her mother, Juliet Thompson "Julie/Julia" Strong Pierson, died October 3, 2020. She was with the Class of 1950 in some Jordannuses, and graduated in 1949.
25 Mar 2022 Raymond "Ray" Turpin died in Bloomington on March 31, 2022. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
27 Jan 2022 Jack Dean Cassidy died in Bloomington on January 6, 2022. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
19 Jan 2022 Jane Reynolds Walden Hatchel died in Bloomington on January 17, 2022. A photo and obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
19 Jan 2022 An Ancestry search has found that Gloria May Cadieu Bonde died January 15, 2017, in Longmont, Colorado.
And Dr Nicolas M Mihailoff-Shelly, of Elkhart, Indiana, died September 1, 2021, in Wyoming, Michigan. (The Shelly was apparently added to the family name after he was in school - it was even added to his parents' names.) An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
20 Jun 2021 Juanita Hines Prosser Seevers, who went by Kathy in the only two Jordannuses she was in (11th & 12th grades), but was Juanita in the commencement program, died November 13, 1986 in Corpus Christi, Texas. I added her senior photo to her Find-A-Grave page.
16 Jun 2021 Scans of the commencement program were sent by Stephen Miller '67, who found one in a Jordannus he recently bought. To view the pages or download the PDF, click on the link in the panel above.
13 Apr 2021 Margaret Ann "Peggy" Collins Fleener died in Bloomington on April 9, 2021. A photo and obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
24 Feb 2021 James Robert "Jim" Crane, of Franklin, Indiana, died February 17, 2021. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
29 Oct 2020 Helen Marie Jolliff Jenkins of Solsberry, Indiana, died October 24, 2020. An obituary & photo are on her Find-A-Grave page.
04 Jul 2019 We find that Paul Richard Kent, of Fredericksburg, Texas, died in February, 2017. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
17 June 2019 From examination of Jordannuses from '39 through '49, 78 more people who attended UHS at one time or another as members of this class have been added to the database. Most of these are listed below as "misssing." However, Martin McClary & Edna Dewar Bault are known deceased. Find-A-Grave pages have been created.
25 May 2019 Darrell Phillip Hooten died May 20, 2019. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
30 Mar 2019 Martha Lou Deckard Giles Bruner died on March 28, 2019. A photo and obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
09 Feb 2019 Scans of the Senior Class and underclass photo pages are now available, from the Jordannus in the Monroe County Library.
22 Jul 2018 Frank Andrew "Andy" Rogers died July 17, 2018, in Nashville, Indiana.
10 Mar 2018 Edith Merle Dyer Morgan died March 12, 2018 in Spencer, Indiana. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
19 Mar 2018 From an extensive search of the Social Security Death Index and Find-A-Grave, the following members of the Class of '49 have died. If anyone knows otherwise, please let Dave Gray '65 know.
Carolyn Ann "Sugar" Becovitz Rosenthal, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 2005.
Max Eugene Lundquest, of Pittsburg, Kansas, on July 5, 2016. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
Dessie Mae Robertson Nieciecki, of Hutchinson, Kanses, on December 20, 2007.
4/22/17 Norma June Spangler Shidler Silvers died on April 17th. Her obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
3/3/10 Obituaries — March 3, 2010 Herald-Times
Ellen Dobson Schmidt, 79, passed away March 2, 2010. She was born in Bloomington to Frank and Gladys Dobson, and was the youngest sister of Evelyn Dobson Reed and Nancy Dobson Grossman Anderson. She was loved by many and enjoyed family, golf, bridge, gardening and her beloved dog, Molly. Ellen is survived by three children; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; and husband, E.H. “Hank”Schmidt.
6/04/06 Obituaries, Bloomington Herald-Times - June 04, 2006
Neaomi Jeannette Kent, 75, of Bloomington, passed away at her residence on June 1st, 2006. Neaomi was a 1949 graduate of University High School. She worked at Sarkes Tarzian and later at RCA as a Group Leader. She is survived by her husband, Robert Kent of Bloomington; a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, six grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews.
9/29/05 Jim Crane wrote to Jim Smith about plans for '49 to meet for lunch before the all school reunion ---
OK, the wheel is rolling. Lunch is arranged at Chapman's Restaurant on East Third street at Hwy 446 (Old Knight Ridge Road) 11:30am in the north part of their banquet facility. Cost of lunch $9.00. I am in process of stirring up a crowd. So far I have 12 signed up. Not sure of maximum capacity, but I will let you know if we run out of space. Date is Sat. Oct. 29. Any questions give me a ring or e-mail. Phone 317-736-1542
6/28/05 Pat Barger Fabriz writes: "Have lived in Minnesota since 1961. Married Harold Fabriz in 1987. Hope to attend the all school reunion in 2005."
5/14/05 Assorted people reported the death of Charlie Worstall. The following is extracted from an obituary which appeared in the May 11, 2005 Bloomington Herald-Times.

Charles E. Worstall, 74, of Bloomington, died on Saturday, May 7 at Bloomington Hospital as a result of a traffic accident. Charlie was a 1949 graduate of University School and later attended Purdue and Indiana Universities. He served in the National Guard and retired as a First Sergeant after 21 years. He worked with Rogers Group, Inc. (aka Ralph Rogers & Co.) and retired in 1989 after 43 years with them. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane (Wampler) Worstall of Bloomington; two daughters, two sons, 8 grandchildren, one great-grandson and his mother and father-in-law. His parents and one sister preceded him in death.
11/8/04 David Stephan passed on the word he received from Zay Brinson about LeRoy Brinson's death.
5/11/04 The Bloomington Herald Times ran an obituary on May 3 for Dr James Booze, who passed away on May 1.
9/17/03 David Stephan ('50) forwards the following: "Dear David and Joyce: Thank you for passing this on to Karen's classmates and for your kind inquiries. We will miss Karen. Sincerely--Marguerite Thompson." He included the following message and this photo of Karen.

Karen Lindesmith died September 4, 2003 but as Rabindranath Tagore wrote:
 "Let it not be a death but completeness.
 Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
 Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of wings over the nest.
 Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
 Stand still, O Beautiful End, and say your last words in silence.
 I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way."

And so it was. The week before Karen died was described by her as a "renaissance week". She had accomplished some uncompleted goals and aspirations. She gave flowers to a friend, found peace in the midst of chaotic thoughts and generally had feelings of accomplishment and personal pride. As if silently drawn to her final destination, Karen requested and directed a friend to a lookout high over Lake Monroe. After sitting and talking together for a while enjoying one of Bloomington's finest days, she walked to their vehicle aided only by the gentle arm of her friend. After sitting down to rest a minute she closed her eyes and soon quietly breathed her last breathe.

We who know you and love you, Karen, do lift our lamps to light you on your way as you have lit our hearts with your bright smile and courageous spirit.
12/02/01 Frances (Barnhart) Zorn writes: I am teaching at the University of Michigan and am married to Jens Zorn (UHS49). Our son, Eric Zorn, is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

Reunion Information

October 29, 2005 All School Reunion
'49 meets for Lunch at Chapmans (E Third at Indiana 446) Sat Oct 29, 11:30 am contact
Jim Crane to make a reservation.
Reservations Received as of 11/01/2005 for:
'49 - Georgia Adams Grann & Benjamin Brody, Patricia Barger Fabriz & Harold, Frances Barnhart Zorn & Jens, Gloria Cadieu Bonde, James Crane & Loretta, Robert Distelhorst, Lorela Enterline Fajardo, Julie Farris, Doc Foster, George Heighway & Sarah, Samuel Hunsaker & Sue, Becky Isom Wallace & Amanda Wallace Mathis, Carol Kaslow Bruce, John Kinser & June, Mickey Love & Betty Lou, Kathy McClain Graeber, Robert Morris & Linda Cisneros, Jean Robinson Peters & Chuck, Jim Smith & Joanne, Richard Smith & Ann, Juliet Strong Pierson, George Taylor, Jane Walden Hatchel, Joyce Whitehead Elliott & John, Jens Zorn & Frances
2004 - Fifty-fifth

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Updated 31 Jul 2022