Class Notes & Announcements


Mary (Pickett) Smith ('41), a graduate of St. Joseph Nursing School, recently turned 93 years of age. During World War II, Mary was a nurse in General Patton's Third Army. She is married and has five sons and one daughter.


Dr. Avon Crismore (BA '65, MSE '68) retired in December 2012 from the Department of English and Linguistics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.


John Demyan Sr. (BBA '71) is retired from Amgen, which is a Biotech Co. in Thousand Oaks, California.

Lynette (Wilder) McChessney ('74) retired from St. Joseph Hospital in 2010 after 36 years of service in critical care.

1990s + 2000s

USF Science Alumni assembled 27 Easter baskets for SCAN. Pictured left to right: Lara (Raskosky) Moake (’00), Paula Avila (’00), Jana (Farrell) Sanders (’99), Arlyn (Blahunka) Eaglebarger (’99), Trina (Harkenrider) Herber (’99) and Marci (Ryan) Oberlin (’00).


Dr. Julie Moss (BSN '03, MSN '06), assistant professor of nursing, received the prestigious South Carolina Palmetto Gold nursing award. Moss earned an RN-BSN degree and a Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Saint Francis. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and defended her dissertation April 2010 with a research study conducted in rural Ecuador regarding the health beliefs and practices of rural Ecuadorians. At USC Upstate, Moss is currently leading international community health classes to international destinations such as South Africa and Ecuador.

Palmetto Gold is the premier statewide nurse recognition program that annually salutes 100 registered nurses for exceptional nursing practice and commitment to the profession. Nominations are received from nursing employers and peers from a variety of nursing education and healthcare facilities across the state. Selection criteria include: promotes and advances the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community; displays caring and commitment to patients, families and colleagues; demonstrates leadership and assists others in growth and development; and contributes to overall outcomes in the practice area/setting.

Bethany (Oesterle) Clapper (BBA '03, MBA '08) gave birth to her second child, Summerlyn Reece on April 9. Summerlyn weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. She joins big brother Caleb.

Jeremy Heinold (BA '06) and his wife, Kylee, welcomed the birth of their son, Owen William on March 20, 2013.

Jamie (Abdon) Starkey (ASN '07, BLS '11) is currently working at Passport Health Fort Wayne as a registered nurse.

Beth Avila (BA '08) recently published three short stories. "Konstantin" was published in the fall issue of Shelter of Daylight, and "A Thief's Gift" came out in the April issue. The story "Nothing Altered" was published in February in issue 4 of Plasma Frequency, which is available for download.


Emily (Johnson) Skeeters (MS '10) announced the recent development of a partnership, resulting in the establishment of a new, co-funded faculty/PA practitioner (Clinical Instructor) position shared jointly by Butler University and Clearvista Women’s Care of the Community Physician Network (CPN). Previously, Emily was employed by Physician Assistant Surgical Services of Indianapolis.

In Memoriam

Jeanne E. Schouweiler, 90, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a graduate of North Side High School and Michigan State University class of 1945 where she was also the Homecoming Queen. Jeanne was a member of or volunteered on behalf of the following organizations throughout her life: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (received Champions of Hope Award 2012 for 50 years of service), Erin's House, Carriage House, Christ Child Society, Franciscan Center, Southside Child Study Club III, Saturday Club, Heritage Club, Embroidery Guild, Friends of IPFW, Friends of Indiana University, Junior League of Fort Wayne, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, PSI Iota Xi, Covington Creek Book Club, Cathedral Museum Shop, Fort Wayne Charity House Show Association, Fort Wayne Country Club and Sycamore Hills Golf Club. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. "She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and community volunteer. Her contributions to Fort Wayne will be truly missed." Surviving are her sons, David (Marie) Schouweiler of Fort Wayne, Stuart Schouweiler of Cedar Park, Texas; Scot C. (Julie, fiancee) Schouweiler of Fort Wayne; daughter, Lisa (Ken) Burchard of Georgetown, Colo.; grandchildren, Ehren, Sean, Joshua, Laila, Kari, Hunter, Grant and Chad Schouweiler, Jason Burchard, and Nicole Beckler; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edwin, in 1968; parents, George P. and Goldie Ringle; sister, Marian Rostad; brother, James Ringle.

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