* As a member of the Otho Winger Society, this donor included Manchester in an estate plan or established a deferred gift with the University.


Ilo Jane Altman ’41 Martin of Roanoke, Ind., March 23, 2022

Helen Cook ’44 Eshleman of North Manchester, Nov. 24, 2021

Rosemary Hoover ’47c Butler of North Manchester, Nov. 28, 2021

*Louise Holl ’48 Weldy of Mechanicsburg, Penn., Nov. 29, 2021

Elizabeth Lou Gilley ’49 Sailor of Fishers, Ind., March 23, 2022


Joseph Ablett ’50 of Pemberville, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2022

John Paul Fruth ’50 of Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 27, 2021

Ruth Graham ’51 Bowman of North Manchester, Nov. 9, 2021

Harry Sponseller ’51 of Plymouth, Ind., Feb 2, 2022

Clyde Ploughe ’52 of Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 8, 2022

Carol Vance ’53 Endsley of Fort Wayne, Dec. 17, 2021

Julia King ’53 Megnin of Syracuse, Penn., March 28, 2022

Richard Weider ’53c of Indian Lake, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2021

Edward Smith ’55 of North Manchester, March 12, 2022

Nancy Watson ’55c Taylor of North Manchester, Feb. 8, 2022; Nancy previously worked at Manchester as library support staff.

John Paul Blocher ’56 of Lady Lake, Fla., Dec. 14, 2021

Robert Hoover ’56 of Dayton, Ohio, March 10, 2022

James “Jim” Robbins ’56 of Fort Wayne, Nov. 29, 2021

Joyce Weaver ’56 Truitt of Fort Wayne, Feb. 15, 2022

Joan Garst ’58c Brenneman of Fort Wayne, Jan. 27, 2022

Peggy Loxley ’59 Graham of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Feb. 4, 2022

Barbara Yost ’59c Neidig of Plymouth, Ind., Jan. 8, 2022

Barbara Lorraine Slifer ’59c of North Manchester, Ind., March 23, 2022; Barbara worked at Manchester for 47 years before retiring in 2002.

Donald Weaver ’59 of Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 14, 2021


Carolyn Beck ’60c Roby of Fort Wayne, Nov. 30, 2021

Edwin Bryan ’60 of Decatur, Ind., Feb. 13, 2022

Donald Curie ’61 of Orville, Ohio, March 12, 2022

Patricia Wales ’61c Deardorff of Canby, Calif., Jan. 28, 2022

Eugene Stilson ’61 of Oregon, Ill., Dec. 2, 2021

Linda Kay Barkman ’62 Fuller of Springfield, Ohio, March 27, 2022

Galen Heckman Jr. ’62 of Aurora, Col., Feb. 6, 2022

Arden Ball ’63 of Goshen, Ind., Dec. 8, 2021

Linda Jane Garman ’63 Hampshire of Kendallville, Ind., Jan. 23, 2022

Doris Hatton ’63 Rice of North Manchester, March 17, 2022

Sue Ann Juday ’65 Neff of Crossville, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2021

Larry Freels ’69 of North Manchester, Jan. 17, 2022


Paulette Kaufman ’70 Frederick of Fort Wayne, Jan. 27, 2022

Jo Elaine Rice ’70 Gamble of Mentone, Ind., Dec. 9, 2021

James “Jim” Brugh ’72 of Rochester, Ind., Feb. 17, 2022; James was a former lecturer of German at Manchester.

Bonnie Richoz ’72 Hileman of North Manchester, Jan. 8, 2022

James “Jim” Townsend ’73 of Warsaw, Ind., Jan. 29, 2022

Brenton “Brent” Archer ’78 of North Manchester, March 21, 2022; Brent worked at Manchester following graduation for 44 years.

Pastor Steven Wayne Van Houten ’78 of Plymouth, Ind., Jan. 1, 2022


Michael Arney ’80 of La Porte, Ind., Feb. 3, 2022

Paul “Pablo” Ulerick ’80 of Twelve Mile, Ind., Nov. 1, 2021

Matthew C. Gosnell ’81 of Arlington, Tenn., Aug. 17, 2021

Peggy Heflin ’82c of Urbana, Ind., Nov. 18, 2021

Donna Gillespie ’84 Slater of Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 14, 2021


Karen Shockey ’96 Bussard of Roann, Ind., Jan. 23, 2022


Dylan Wade Bush ’12 of Culver, Ind., Nov. 28, 2021

Friends of Manchester

Paula Avila of Roanoke, Ind., Dec. 18, 2021. Paula was the laboratory technology specialist at the Fort Wayne campus. She joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department in 2017.

*Lois Clark of South Bend, Ind., Feb. 6, 2022

Lois Colburn of Mason, Ohio, Dec. 30, 2021; Lois was the spouse of Donald Colburn, former professor emeritus of psychology.

Richard Person of Polo, Ill., Dec. 28, 2021

Berneita Smucker of Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 27, 2022

Roland Young of North Manchester, Dec. 22, 2021; Roland was the spouse of alumnae Monie Tribolet ’57 Harley.

Class Notes


Adelia Yenser Sorge ’63 was honored by Lafayette Urban Ministries as a Volunteer Superstar. Adelia has been volunteering with Lafayette Urban Ministries since 2015.


Ronald “Steve” Strayer ’90 was inducted into the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Steve is the head coach at Crown Point High School. His teams have won 641 games, 15 conference titles, 14 sectional championships and nine regional crowns.

Randall Hooley Jr. ’92c was inducted into the Triton Hall of Fame at Triton High School in Indiana.

Jason House ’95 retired from the Indiana State Police after 26 years of service.

Rex Pomranka ’95 won his 400-career win on Jan. 19, 2022. This is his 18th year as the head wrestling coach at Brandywine High School in Michigan.


Nick Chaney ’03 was promoted to executive vice president at U.S. Granules Corp. He has been with them since 2007 and has held several roles within the company.

Melissa Nifong ’04 Branam was inducted into the Triton Hall of Fame. She played basketball and volleyball during her time at Triton High School.

Zach Scott ’06 was promoted to vice president of operations at U.S. Granules Corp. He began there as an intern in 2002 while still pursuing his degree at Manchester. In 2011 he began his full-time career with the company. 

Joel Richard ’07 was named chief experience officer at Interra Credit Union. Joel has been with Interra for more than 14 years and has held a variety of roles.


Emily Ashbrook ’10 welcomed a little girl on Dec. 17, 2021.

Baby McClellan dreams of Hogwarts.

Deana Strantz ’10 McLellan and Brian McLellan welcomed a baby boy on Oct. 12, 2021.

Shawn Deetz ’11 was married on Jan. 15, 2022.

Nicholas Kenny ’11 became the chief executive officer of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Charlie Jo Kolter turns 1 in May
Cambria Teter ’11 Kolter welcomed a daughter, Charlie Jo Kolter, on May 30, 2021.

Holly Beer ’17 Herndon married Beau Herndon in August of 2020. In September of 2021 she began working as an admissions counselor for Trine University.

Lauren Hughes ’17 Mills has written a children’s book, “Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Zoo.” A portion of the proceeds goes to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, where she now works. After graduation, she was social media coordinator at Manchester for several years.

Cody Schell ’14 and wife Erynn Schell welcomed a new addition to their family on Jan. 26, 2022.

Kolton Hawkins ’18 opened his own chiropractic firm, Hawkins Family Chiropractic, in Peru, Ind. During his time at Manchester he studied sports and athletic training.