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Recapping June 2014

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Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations

Rick Edwards '89

Rick Edwards ’89

Mat Mundell '03

Mat Mundell ’03


Steve Hathway ’63 and his lovely wife Therese just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Steve writes, “We met shortly after I graduated from Eureka. We married after my first year of medical school. We have lived through school, residency, the Air Force and have resided in Green Bay, WI for the last thirty-five years. We have been blessed with three children and two grand-children all of whom have provided us with many memories and much joy.”

Bruce Darnall ’66 has written an article titled “Yankee First Baseman Talks About Overcoming Crises of Faith” on New York Yankees first baseman, Mark Teixeira. It was published online by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ. It tells about his life and his Christian faith. The article can be found at: then click on Pro Ministry.


Karla Brown Smith ’79 has completed a two-year Spiritual Direction Training Program at the Chiara Center, Franciscan Place of Spirituality, in Springfield, IL.


John Ryan ’85 was recognized by his employer as the May 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Champion for his volunteer efforts. As a result, they nominated him for and he was awarded the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award. He is a financial advisor for the University of Phoenix. He resides in Mesa, AZ with his family.

Rick Edwards ’89, after 16 years as the head track coach at California High School, Rick is leaving the position (as well as his position as sixth-grade Social Studies teacher at California Middle School) to take on a couple of new roles. He will start off the 2014–15 school year as the new CMS Assistant Principal and athletic director for the California R-I School District. Read full story.


Marie Shoemaker Gibson ’97 is a controller for Ideal Construction Inc. She resides in Warner, OK.


Mat Mundell ’03 has been named the new Head Softball Coach at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. Since 2009, he was the head softball coach at the University of Illinois Springfield and was the all-time winningest softball coach in University of Illinois Springfield history. Guiding the program through a period of transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, Mundell guided the Prairie Stars to over 100 wins while recruiting and coaching 15 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic All-Americans and 24 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Academic All-Conference players. Read the full story.

Mickey Walton ’06 is a correctional counselor with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Aaron Pilcher ’08 is an associate with Blue & Haeder Law Offices in Huron, SD. Aaron is licensed to practice law in South Dakota and Illinois. Aaron lives in Huron with his wife, Lauren Bergfeld Pilcher ’09, and their daughter, Ainsley Kay.

Kelsey Brandt ’10 and Martin Messineo were married. They reside in Peoria, IL.

Nicolas Hertzberg ’12 graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio, TX as Air Force Airman 1st Class. He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Hertzberg earned distinction as an honor graduate.

In Memoriam

  • Edith Bechtel Roemersberger ’39
  • Marilyn Rue Cofoid Riddle ’48
  • June Henry Elliott ’49
  • Howard Schroeder ’50
  • Stan Klaiss ’60
  • Jane Koppenhoefer ’65
  • Jim Nicholson ’66
  • Pam Groover ’81

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