This 127th edition of Whippet Echoes brings the approximately 2,180 members of the SHS Alumni Email Network up to date on SHS-related doings.
Let’s begin with September’s 9th annual SHS Hall of Distinction ceremony that was held in the theater of the new SHS. This photo shows new inductees and presenters – with their smiles reflecting the joy of the occasion. From L to R: Naomi Osborne Zehner ’57, David Zehner ’56, Dave Winans ’60, Susan Lowmiller Shaffer ’68, Tom Baker 60, Kenny Albert ’70, Jim Hennessy ’61, John Gies ’84, and retired teacher Phil Pearson. Attending but not pictured were Bill Henson ’56 and Tom Armstrong ’70.
An encomium from Russ Pfahler ’61:
Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Distinction inductees. I am particularly pleased to see former ‘Wilk’ footballers elected, especially my friends and teammates – the tough man guard, Dr. Jim Hennessy, and the brilliant tackle and 1959 captain, Dr. Mark Lowmiller. Their medical careers and lives make us all proud of our upbringing and Shelby education.
Russ also offered a favorite memory on learning of the passing of Vera Shedenhelm.
When we were sophs, I asked Vicki (Shedenhelm Poffenbaugh ’61) to a movie. My mother informed me that she and Vera were cousins and knew each other well in Shiloh as children. I think Vera was the same age as one of Mom’s sisters. I have always said that I had the prettiest cousin in Shelby.
Some recollections of Old SHS, courtesy of Jeannette Bly Allard ’50.
On the first floor across from the gymnasium was the large game room. It was used at noon time for dancing and various games. During school dances at night such as the Prom, Snowball, Harvest Dance, Cotton Turnabout (the girls had to invite the boys), the game room was where refreshments were served. The rest of the first floor was much the same as when the high school was built.
Reactions to August 14 Whippet Echoes
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Chris Watts ’78 Ringgold, Georgia is a shining example of what can be accomplished with grit and smarts. In 2007 he was a single parent months behind on mortgage payments and living on food stamps. A faltering economy had sent his first business into oblivion. Today Chris employs eight persons in his auto parts business and is looking at $650,000 in annual sales. His specialty is a product called Headlight Renew Doctor; kits are sold throughout the U.S. and in 17 other countries.
This past summer David Spangler ’63 was stricken with West Nile Virus. Today, reports his wife Kathy, “he is doing better, regaining strength.” Kathy herself is fighting cancer.
Cindy Rogers ’71 & Dan Billheimer ’72 own Henry’s Key & Lock Shop in Mansfield. On September 25 they celebrated the shop’s 40th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and customer appreciation that included food and rides on a mechanical bull. Cindy’s siblings include Karen Rogers Calino ’80, Paul ’67 and the late Luther ’66.
The sisters Robertson – Sue Winans ’60 and Karen ’64 – helped their mom Hazel celebrate her 100th birthday on June 16 at Shelby’s Senior Center. More than 150 people gathered to honor Hazel.
Mike Sirofchuck ’72 tells us that his mom, Tomi, widow of former SHS teacher Ralph, will be celebrating her 80th birthday on November 25 in Arizona.
The Class of ’66 celebrated with a 65th birthday party on October 12. From L to R: Sandy Allen Phillips, Carol May Calhoun, Forrest Haverfield, Char Kenney Schiffer, Cathy Robertson Small, Sharon Reese, Bob Fisher, Mary Lee Hannafus Barr, Connie Jones Glorioso, Dan Brown, Barb Hanrahan Campolo, Sandi DeSalvo, Jack Foreman, Penny Rudd Lepp, Karen Lafferty Hendricks, Nancy Zeiters Friend, Peggy Hamilton Potts, Kathy Ryland Milliron, Veronica Biglin Negrey, Marci Schroeder Teynor, Dave Spangler, Jerry Kessler. Attending but not pictured: Penny Heitzman Bricker, Jim Messenger.
Andrew Baird ’13 is a starting defensive back for Denison University’s football team. A.J. Bihl ’13 is a Denison teammate. Devon Murray ’13 plays for Eastern Michigan University’s volleyball team. Emily Adkinson ’13 plays for Ursuline College’s volleyball team. Devin Hummel ’12 plays for Walsh University’s volleyball team, and Erica Bettac ’12 runs cross country at Findlay University. Zach Yates ’12, Will Lance ’12 and Brennan Yates ’13 all play on Heidelberg University’s football team. Jordyn Parrigan ’10 plays tennis at Lake Erie College, and Brandon Eldridge ’11 is an offensive lineman at Ashland University.
Commanding officers. Two SHS grads recently were named commanders of squadrons at the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio National Guard. Lt. Col. Steve McLaughlin ’85 took command of the Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Capt. Doug Noblet ’88 took command of the Security Forces Squadron.
Jim Hennessy ’61 has a passion for SHS and Shelby history. Jim’s dad was veterinarian Doc Henson. “There was an explosion and fire in the house east of my dad’s office in December 1951. A mother with 2 small children were in the upstairs apartment. My dad ran from the office to the upstairs apartment and brought all three down before the stairs collapsed into the blasted building.” Jim would love to learn more about that fire and the apartment’s occupants.
Lisette Strine ’78, living in Alabama, is suffering from Stage 4 breast cancer. Her illness cost Lisette her job and health insurance. A benefit for her will be held in Shelby at the K of C Hall on Saturday, Nov. 16. Her parents Connie and retired SHS teacher and coach Ron Strine.
The Oertle brothers – Terry ’64, Ohio, and Ron ’68, Arizona – lost their dad when Bob died at 85 on July 21 in Dunedin, FL.
Ken Souslin ’49 died at 81 on June 25 in Hayward, CA. He was a Marine Corps vet. Surviving is his brother Floyd (Pete) ’54 .
The Hannafus sisters – Lourita Yore ’52, Shelby; Carole Pittis ’54, Bedford, OH; Ruth Bolles ’57, Ontario; Pam Blankenhorn ’62, Mansfield; Mary Lee Barr ’66, Ashland – lost their mom when Florence Hannafus died at 101 on Aug. 16 in Shelby. She was a Tiro HS grad.
Ron ‘Doug’ McKenzie ’64 died at 67 on Aug. 2 in Shelby. He was an Army vet. Surviving are Diana, his wife of 44 years, and daughter Lorie Jordan.
Dorotha White Hockenshilt ’33 died at 98 in Ashland on Aug. 13.
Faye Hodges Geater ’52 died at 76 from cancer on Feb. 19, 2010 in Chicago. Surviving are son Rob in FL and daughter Kim in IL.
The Shedenhelm kids – Vicki Poffenbaugh ’61, Shelby; Pat Papenbrock ’63, Novelty, OH; Bob ’58, New Albany, OH; Dick ’76, Austin, TX; Sheri Gestrin ’70, Donnelly, Idaho – lost their mom Vera, a Shelby resident, when she died at 94 a day after falling and breaking a hip on Aug. 24. She was a ’36 Shiloh HS grad. Preceding her in death were her husband Bob and daughter Marlene Yetzer ’56.
Jeanne Berry ’47, SHS’s first homecoming queen, died at 83 on June 5 in Shelby. Surviving are daughters Pat Heindel of Redmond, WA and Ruth Hunter of Springfield, OH.
The Bodkin kids – Jim ’73, Cindy ’75, Karen Reith ’78, all of Shelby – lost their dad when Ed died at 85 on Sept. 3. He was a grad of Hope HS in Providence, RI.
Jennifer Pollock Sprankle ’90 died at 42 after a long illness on Sept. 5 in Ashland. Surviving are Jesse, her husband of 17 years, and daughter Brittany.
Dick Randall ’51 died at 80 on Sept. 13 in Medina. Surviving are Dottie, his wife of 39 years, daughter Chris Pulskamp, and stepchildren Barbara Hanson and Fried Siegrist.
Cris Adkinson, an intervention specialist for Shelby Schools, died at 47 on Sept. 17 after a long illness. Surviving are Braden, her husband of 19 years, daughters Cara Hall of St. Clairsville and Emily Adkinson, an Ursuline College student, and son Kendall, an SHS freshman.
Tom Hart ’02 died at 29 on Sept. 19 at his Shelby home.
Tim Cline ’08 died at 23 on Sept. 20 in Columbus following a one-car accident.
Steve Schroeder ’70 died at 61 on Sept. 29 in Shelby. Surviving are Brenda, his wife of 35 years, and sons Matt and Mark of Shelby and Jeremy of Willard.
Rita Foos Cline ’39, a Shelby resident, died at 92 on Sept. 25 in Ashland. Surviving are daughters Barbara Doskocil ’63 of Westlake, OH; Caroline Burling ’66 of Yulee, FL; Mary Mitchell ’74 of Butler; Jennifer Brown ’78 of Westerville.
Herb Hart ’46 died at 84 on Sept. 30 in Mansfield. He was a Navy vet. Surviving are Veronica, his wife of 64 years, and children Larry and Louis of Mansfield; Leon of Ashland, KY; Leroy of South Korea; Linda Riley of Los Angeles; Delores Boals of Mansfield; Lorraine Swanger of Mifflin.
Bob Belsterli ’48 died at 83 on Oct. 1 in his Shelby home after a brief illness. He was a Navy vet. Surviving are Carol Bendle Belsterli ’55, his wife of 57 years, and children Gary ’76, Rob and Teresa Kuhn ’77, all of Shelby, and Amy Belsterli ’88 of Olean, NY.
Betty Hoak Will ’52 died at 78 on Oct. 1 in Shelby. Surviving are children Steve Lykins of Shelby, Jan Smith of Butler, Kelly Gouge of Lexington.
The Herlihy kids – Carol Moore ’64, Mundelein, IL; Mary Jo McHugh ’65, Shelby; Bob ’69, Cincinnati; Tom ’73, Dublin; Dick ’76, Linn, MO – lost their mom when Edna Herlihy died at 90 on Oct. 11 in Shelby. She graduated from Birmingham, OH high school.
The Deruy brothers – Bob ’77 of Shelby and Mike ’80 of Powell – lost their dad when Bob, a Shelby resident, died at 81 on Oct. 12 in Mansfield. Bob graduated from North Fairfield HS.
Lynn Johnston ’65 died at 66 on Oct. 18 in Shelby. Surviving are daughters Erin Lesseuer of Cincinnati and Michelle Johnston ’94 of Shelby. Preceding Lynn in death was his wife Patricia.
The Freese sisters – Linda Burkett ’66 of Bluffton, SC and Trudi Britt ’68 of Shelby – lost their dad Bill Freese when he died at 95 on Oct. 18 in Shelby.
The Rickett brothers – Bud ’60 of Lexington and Bob ’72 of Mansfield – lost their mom when Rose Rickett died at 97 on Oct. 18 in Shelby.
Bob Rietschlin ’42 and his wife Eleanor Allwine Rietschlin ’44 died 39 hours apart on Oct. 17 and 19 in Shelby. They had been married 66 years.
Sonny Alt ’59 died at 74 on Oct. 23 after a battle with cancer in Shelby.
The Wisler sisters – Jayne ’62 and Weslie Clabaugh ’63, both of Shelby – lost their mom when Peg Wisler died at 93 on Oct. 27 in Mansfield. She was a Tiro HS grad.
Mary Ann Schiffer Merritt ’64 died at 67 on Oct. 26 following a long illness in Mansfield. Surviving is Ronnie, her husband of 48 years.
Kay Douds Miller ’40, a Shelby resident, died at 91 on Oct. 26 in Ashland. Surviving are children Patricia Herring of Palmetto, GA; Andrea Downs of Shelby; Charles of Cincinnati.
RheaBelle Barnhart Hartman ’39 died at 91 in Mansfield on Oct. 29.
Joyce Spangler Russell ’47, a Shelby resident, died at 83 on Nov. 3 in Ashland. Surviving are daughters Deanne Brokaw ’78, Lynn Argo ’80, Stephanie Hansen ’82, all of Shelby.
The Reed kids – Jim ’66 of Camp Verde, AZ; Debra Wilkinson ’71 of Bryson City, NC; Jayne Rine ’73 of Akron; Mark ’76 of Shelby; Sue ,79 Stanford of Shelby – lost their mom when Mercedes ‘Mert’ Reed died at 83 on Oct. 30 in Shelby. Also surviving is Jim, her husband of 65 years.
New Network Members
- Doris Baird Berdanier ’50
- Lois Innis Holley ’65
- Sally Cox Messenger ’68
- Royce Stroup Hubert ’70
- Brenda Ramirez ’73
- Jill Fox Brown ’75
- Lorna Tarvin Albert ’76
- Bob ’79 & Jill Dunbar ’80 Humphrey
- Paul Walker (Assistant Superintendent & Curriculum Director)
BIG WEEKEND – Mark Your 2014 Calendar!
An alumni team is beginning to plan a 3-day All-Alumni Weekend. If you recall the 2004 All-Alumni Weekend (attended by more than 600!), then you can begin to imagine what will be in store on AUGUST 15-17, 2014!
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Your Faithful Fivesome – Mel John, Greg Daniel ’71, Chuck Schiffer ’64, Tom Armstrong ’70, Mike Johnson ’63