In our attemps to keep everyone informed we have started this blog as our webpage. Please feel free to add comments, address updates, business info, information on other classmates, etc. to the guestbook. We plan to try to keep a list of updated addresses, reunion photos and other information here for you to check out.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

15 Year Reunion- Underway

Yep, that's right its time to start thinking about the next class reunion. Its only 2 years away and planning needs to get underway. We still have a pretty extensive list of people we could not get ahold of for the 10 year, and I'm sure many of you have moved since the last reunion. So here is what needs to happen in the next year and a half....

1. Help - willing people to stick it out for the next couple of years getting addresses, sending out invitations, and helping plan.

2. addresses, names, numbers all the general contact info we can find needs to be updated (if anyone ordered that pricey little book of information from the high school it would be much appreciated if you'd be willing to help or loan it to us).

3. location, location, location....If you weren't at the 10 year here is what we did... we kicked off the reunion on homecoming weekend with a special bleacher section at the end of the football field. We also got a tour of the high school that evening to see all the new updates. The next day we had a family picnic at a local Park in Goshen- it was bring your own food/drinks we did have a minimal charge of 2 dollars a person 5 dollars a family to help off-set some cost of getting out invitations and a reunion book, and we did some kid games with prizes. Later that evening we took over IL Forno in Goshen for a buffet style dinner provided by fellow alum Mario Garber. This year we'd like to do something different.

4. brings me to price...what are you willing to pay per person/per couple?

Any help you are willing to give would be appreciated. We'll need about 5 or 6 people to really be able to get everything done without stress, any ideas or suggestions are also appreciated as well.
Feel free to send me a message at haeveringham@hotmail.com or the website http://ghsclassof97.blogspot.com/will be updated with information as well as the facebook page.

Thanks,Heather (Shank) Everingham

Monday, May 26, 2008

Another Sad Loss

Goshen man dies of injuries
By John Kline
A Goshen man died of injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on Cassopolis Street near North Shore Drive, Elkhart.

Benjamin Michael Snook, 29, a conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad, died at 10:10 p.m. at the Elkhart General Hospital emergency room.

According to Elkhart County police reports, Snook had been driving his 2008 Honda motorcycle north on Ind. 19 at a high rate of speed.

Police said the motorcycle went left of center on the curve on Ind. 19 south of North Shore Drive and collided with a southbound 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Melissa A. Heintzberger, 31, Osceola. Heintzberger suffered only minor injuries.

Police closed down Cassopolis Street for two hours while investigating the crash.

Kurtis Baumgartner, a cousin of Snook’s, spoke about the unexpected loss.

“We were pretty close,” Baumgartner said. “He was going to be a groomsman in my wedding. I’m getting married this summer. He was just a great person, and had a great outlook on life.”

Baumgartner said that Snook was always incredibly outgoing and full of energy.

“He was the life of the party,” he said.

Baumgartner also recalled Snook as being athletic and a lover of all things outdoors.

“He loved to kayak and camp, and he and a couple of his buddies owned a boat together, and they’d take that out to Lake Wawasee. I know he really enjoyed that,” Baumgartner said. “He also liked to do rock climbing. He was just very outdoorsy.”

Looking back on their friendship, Baumgartner said one of his fondest memories of Snook was his unfailing ability to brighten the mood of just about anyone he encountered.

“Any time I was home I tried to hang out with him, and if you were having a bad day, he’d make it all better,” Baumgartner said. “He was just a fun guy, and great to be around.”

Benjamin M. Snook

Feb. 5, 1979-May 24, 2008

Benjamin Michael Snook, 29, 923 S. 12th St., Goshen, died at 10:10 p.m. Saturday in Elkhart General Hospital following a motorcyle/vehicle accident on Cassopolis Street near North Shore Drive, Elkhart.

Born Feb. 5, 1979, in Goshen, he was a lifetime Goshen resident.

He worked as a conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

He was a 1997 graduate of Goshen High School and attended Purdue University. He enjoyed rock climbing, camping, kayaking and gun target practicing.

Survivors include his father, Michael (Ginger) Snook, Goshen, and his mother, Pat (Tim) Havens, Goshen; grandparents Weldon and Jan Reynolds, Middlebury, and Carlyle and Pat Baumgartner, Ocala, Fla.; great-grandmother, Helen Kauffman Henry, Goshen; a sister, Brittany (Aaron) Hochstetler, Nappanee; and a stepbrother, Paul Handshoe, Goshen.

He was preceded in death by stepsister Tracey Handshoe in 1972; grandfather Kermit Snook in 1983; grandmother Doris Snook in 2008; and stepgrandparents Robert and Sally Havens.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Tim Terrell of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Goshen, will officiate.

Burial will be in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be made to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County and Goshen Park and Recreation Department.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

Friday, January 25, 2008

With Sorrow...

Death stuns Norfolk neighborhood

Friends and neighbors say 29-year-old Angela Lechlitner had 3 loves; Jesus Christ, people and
gardening. She was just as passionate about all three.

"On the outside you'd think that she was a timid and shy gal, but once you got to know her she was really engaging," said Tabernacle Church Pastor Kenny Bryant.

People who knew Lechlitner were shocked when police found her dead inside her home Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say there were obvious signs of trauma. Concerned friends called police when Lechlitner didn't show up for work at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The home located in the 2000 blk. of Shafer Street quickly became a crime scene.

"The detective said to lock your doors, lock your windows and don't answer the door if you don't know who's knocking," said one neighbor.

She says many more are baffled about who would hurt Lechlitner.

"This is very uncharacteristic of this neighborhood. I think everyone here is shaken and a little worried," she continued.

Today, members of the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk held a memorial for Lechlitner at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

"Although it was a spontaneous service, there were about 250 people that were present, so she touched a lot of lives," said Pastor Bryant.

He says he met with Lechlitners parents who flew in from Indiana.

"They grieve, but they don't grieve as those without any hope. Her time on this earth was obviously done, but there's joy in knowing one day they'll be reunited," he added.

Police are investigating Lechlitners' death as a homicide. If you know anything that could help police call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-UP.

Angela Sue Lechlitner

Feb. 22, 1979-Jan. 19, 2008

NORFOLK, Va., — Angela Sue Lechlitner, 28, 2429 Shafer St., formerly of Goshen, Ind., was found dead at her residence Saturday.

She was born in Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 22, 1979.

Surviving are her parents, Rex and Grace (Zimmerman) Lechlitner, Goshen; brothers, Jeremy Lechlitner, Elkhart, and Daniel (Jennifer) Lechlitner, Goshen; one niece; and maternal grandmother, Anna Mary Zimmerman, Denver, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Tiny and Doris Lechlitner and her maternal grandfather, Clayton Zimmerman.

She worked at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Norfolk, as a greenhouse technician.

She was a member of Tabernacle Church, Norfolk. She graduated in 1997 from Goshen High School and was a 2003 graduate of Purdue University. She was also associated with Beth Messiah Synagogue, Norfolk.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen.

The body will lie in state for one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grace Community Church, Goshen. The service will be conducted by the Rev. James Brown of Grace Community Church.

Burial will be in Olive (East) Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Angie Lechlitner Memorial fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.rrefh.com.
Story from: http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?s=7759276
Obite from: www.goshennews.com
We will keep the site updated if there are any break throughs in Angie's death. Please say a prayer for her family.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Reunion Book Sale

The left over reunion books will be for sale until they are gone $4.00 per book. Please email me and I will send you contact info on how to get them.
-Complete class list
-Updated info on approximately 40
classmates who filled out the survey
sent out with the invitation.
- Survey to help w/next reunion.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Reunion Photos

WOW! It was so great to see so many faces at the 3 reunion events held this weekend. We got some great snapshots of old friends, and new families. They have been posted on snapfish.com all you need to do is click here http://97reunion.snapfish.com/snapfish to view them. If you took some photos you can also upload them into this group room. You must have a snapfish account to see and upload photos, but its free so click on the above link and sign up to see all the fun we had. If you want to purchase any photos that can be done at snapfish as well. Thanks to all who came. It was one to remember!

Monday, June 25, 2007


If your name is on this list we need your address:

Adkins Lisa
Avila Sergio
Blanco Julissa
Bonham Heidi
Bowers Ryan
Boyer Shane
Bricker Casie
Bridwell Christal
Burnett Emilee
Bushong Tara
Busigny Isabelle
Carmona Rosa
Carpenter Nick
Carter Kirtina
Cooney Jenica
Dahl Pal
Day Mark
Dean Amy
Donoho Ashley
Dulaney Lisa *found
Ecker Sinja
Ewing Jason
Firkins Benjamin
Fite Jed
Garber Jason
Gibbs Jason
Gibbs Rebecca
Gilbert Duane
Grimm James
Guequierre Elizabeth
Haney Eric
Hardesty Robert
Hathaway Holly
Hay Michael
Heathcock Erika
Heminger Ginny
Hershberger Katie
Hickman Sarah
Higginbotham Aaron
Hogan Troy
Holubar Chrisine
Hosier Rebecca
Huber Robbie
Humphries Shawn
Igney Troy
Jansawat Krittika
Johnson Nicholas
Klabusick Christiana
Koontz Melissa *found
Large Christopher
Larimer Samantha
Letherman Angela
Leatherman John
Lechlitner Angie
Leon Dolores
Lis Magdalena
Lopez Israel
Macias Gabriel
Martinez Misty
Martinez Penny
Miller Rebecca
Monschein Angie
Moreira Andriana
Morris Kurt
Muneishi Megumi
Ortiz Joey
Pop-Petrovska Marija
Prieto Yizzar
Ratliff Shannon
Replogle Wendi
Rheinheimer Rachel
Rios Brian
Rolon Lalo
Schelling Jennifer *found
Schmidt Daniela
Schnell Chad
Shively Lisa
Simpson Scott
Smith Amy
Smith Elizabeth
Stresow Stefanie
Thalls Nick *found
Thompson Josh
Thompson Randy
Weaver Kacey
Weirich Jennifer
Wilson Angela
Woldruff Angela *found
Yoder Adam
Yoder Amie
Yoder Andrew
Yoder Matte

Please leave your address in the guestbook or email Caroline Fletcher (Rader) at cfletche@gmail.com