St. Pat’s Class of ‘64 Reunion: St. Patrick’s 1964 graduates of the 8th
grade met here recently for a reunion. Pictured left to right are: Front:
Paul Wasz and Allen Schmidt; Row 2: Jean (Lindquist) Welton, Kathy (Whitton)
Hamilton, Tucker Griffin and Mary Jane (Skibbie) Hoesman. Row 3: Tony
Sivore, Rudy Andershock, Bob Paulson, John Randler and Margaret
(Christensen) Hanaway, Mike Sommers, Sue (Jankowski) Weliver, Jill (Sitar)
Burns, Larry Mitchell, Mary Jo (Bunchek) Keck, John Ray, Nanette (Lee) Estes
and Joe Brennan. Not pictured: Cynthia (Pszonka) Robbins, Rose (Deiotte) Fox
and Sue (Harris) Andershock.
For the first time in 39 years, the classmates who attended St. Patrick
School from 1955-1964 gathered together for a reunion recently at the home
of Bob and Jan Paulson.
Planning efforts of Jan Paulson, Jill Burns, Sue Weliver and Kathy Hamilton
helped create an afternoon and evening of renewed friendships and memories.
The Reverend Joe Brennan offered a prayer of grace before dinner and Larry
Mitchell served as Master of Ceremonies, stirring up many memories of days
gone by and generating a raft of laughter from the group.
At the end of the evening, classmates took home a booklet with a collection
of memories of teachers and experiences shared at St. Patrick School and the
current information of each classmate.
A monetary donation was collected by the classmates, which was later given
to Ruth McCullough, principal of the school.
Out of 50 people in the eighth grade graduating class of 1964, and a few
students who had moved between sixth and eighth grade, 48 classmates were
located. Twenty-two classmates, along with spouses, came from as nearby as
Chesterton: Kathy (Whitton) Hamilton, Sue (Jankowski) Weliver, Jill (Sitar)
Burns, Ron Andershock, Rose (Deiotte) Fox, Allen Schmidt, Charles “Tucker”
Griffin, Sue (Andershock) Harris, John Ray, Mary Jane (Skibbie) Hoesman and
Bob Paulson; Valparaiso: Paul Wasz and Margaret (Christensen) Hanaway;
Westville: Mary Jo (Bunchek) Keck; Lake Station: Cynthia (Pszonka) Robbins;
Crown Point: Mike Sommers; and Greenwood: Jean (Lindquist) Welton.
Others came from as far away as Brevard, N.C., Tony Sivore; Paragould, Ark.:
Larry Mitchell; Anniston, Ala.: Nanette (Lee) Estes; Mesa, Ariz: John
Randler and Arvada, Colo., Joe Brennan.
Added to the group of contributors were Margaret (McClure) Greeley, Janet
(Bushore) Howard and Cheryl (Wiesemann) Cichowlaz, who could not attend the