Helen Creigh Ellenwood, class of 1941, died December 24, 3031 in Fort Wayne with Helen her sons by her side. After graduation she married Melvin Ervin and they were married for 61 years prior to his death in 2003. Helen’s mission in life was to bring joy to all whom she met and, through contributions to countless charities, to many she never knew. She is survived by her sons, Richard, Mark, Steven, Gary, and Thomas; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Lois Ann Gumpper, class of 1941, died January 15, 2022 at the age of 98. Lois graduated from the Miami University in Ohio, majoring in Dietetics. She received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan at the age of 40. She worked as a dietitian at Wittenberg University, Parkview Hospital, yet spent the majority of her career with the Indiana State Board of Health. Lois was also an active volunteer in various organizations. Dorothy Kline Meyer, class of 1941, died March 31, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. Dorothy was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne and was an avid reader and enjoyed puzzles of all types. Surviving are her… Read More
Donna Dennis Long, class of 1939, died September 6, 2021 at St. Anne Home in Fort Wayne. She was a dedicated member of Salem United Church of Christ and a member of the Claudia Circle. Donna was known as the “Cookie Lady” by her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Sandra Bobay, and Michael Long; and seven grandchildren. Ralph R. Herb, class of 1941, passed away October 2, 2021 at Golden Years Homestead Hospice in Fort Wayne. Ralph served during World War II in the U.S. Army. After his service he went on to graduate from Valparaiso University with a degree in accounting. After graduation, he worked as an apprentice for Philo Farnsworth in Fort Wayne and later at Magnavox, Bowser, and American Hoist. He was a scout leader at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and served on various church boards. Ralph is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruth; four sons, Mark, Philip, David and Daniel; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Dorothy KoomjohnEscosa, class of 1943, died October 17, 2021 at her home in Fort Wayne. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music from St. Louis Institute of Music. She was a concert pianist and piano teacher… Read More
March 18, 19, and 20 are the dates for South Side’s 100th celebration with the production of The Music Man!!!! The tickets can be purchased through the same site you use for ball game tickets. The cast includes students, teachers and alumni and all are welcome… Hope to see you there!!!!!
Apparel celebrating the upcoming South Side Centennial is now available to order online! Click the link below to view the online shop and order shirts and sweatshirts! https://southsidealumni.itemorder.com/sale
Mattie Lou Coats Brunner, class of 1938, died August 1, 2021 in Fort Wayne. Mattie Lou married Norman Brunner in 1941 and they raised their two sons on Carroll Road in a house they built. She worked at GE for many years including the years Norman was serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. She was a faithful member of the Fort Wayne First Assembly of God Church, founded by her parents. She was the oldest living member at 101. Mattie Lou enjoyed following the sports activities of her sons and grandchildren. She is survived by her two sons, Tom and John; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Calvin C. Rose, class of 1942, passed away June 16, 2021 at Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties, Middletown, OH. Calvin received a B.S. degree in Business Administration at Northwestern University in 1946. He joined his father in business at the Carl Rose Jewelry Store in Fort Wayne. After retiring from the jewelry store, Calvin worked in real estate and volunteered at Parkview Hospital. In 2013 he received the President’s Call to Service Award and continued to volunteer until he was 95 years old. He enjoyed watching and attending games, particularly the Chicago… Read More
Paul W. Rider, class of 1938, died February 11, 2021. Paul graduated from Indiana Business College and worked as a bookkeeper for Bowser Pumps until serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his discharge, he and his father opened Riders’ Market for the next 37 years. Paul then went into banking. He volunteered for many organizations and through age 99, he coordinated Lions’ eye screenings for over 1,000 preschool children annually. Paul is survived by his two daughters; seven step-children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clifford F. Ostermeyer, class of 1941, passed away February 16. In 2004 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from South Side. He leaves behind his children, Clifford C. Ostermeyer’72, Tina Ostermeyer’79, Tessa O. Ward ’81, and Curtis Ostermeyer’83. Cliff also has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mary “Clara” Squires Knox, class of 1942, died January 15, 2021. Clara treasured her family and their many trips and get-togethers. She had an active social life and volunteered for 35 years at Lutheran Hospital. Survivors include her children, Colleen Hinton, James and Donald Knox; three grandchildren; and nine-great-grandchildren. Patricia Harnish Hormann, class of 1943, passed away March 21, 2021. Pat was the business manager at Lutheran Hospital… Read More
South Side Athletics is hosting a Golf Outing on September 25, 2021 as a fundraiser for all of our teams. We will be playing at Foster Park Golf Course, with a 1 pm shotgun start using Florida Scramble (aka best ball) rules. Attached is the registration form for teams, and also ways to get businesses or companies involved to support our teams even more. If you don’t think golfing is for you, but have a business or company contact that would be interested in being a sponsor please give them my contact information from below and send me their contact information. Thanks in advance for any support you give! Torrey Curry
Natalya Barron Allen Sheldon Scholarship $6,800 Architecture Isaac Combs Jennifer Manth Scholarship I $2,500 Biochemistry Jasney Combs The Golden Scholarship $2,000 Pre-Med Keaton Grider Toy Hansen Family Scholarship $2,000 Business Samuel Heller Graham 2yr Technical School $2,200 Industrial Maintenance Carlos Juarez Graham 4 year College Scholarship $2,200 Computer Engineering Shelby Lindley Jennifer Manth Scholarship II $2,500 Environmental Engineering Jenna Moor General Endowment $2,000 Environmental Studies Jose Nino Ron Holmes Scholarship $2,000 Mechanical Engineering Angela Oliver Spencer Jane Langdon Award $2,000 Unknown Matthew Thurber Jack Weicker Scholarship $2,000 Engineering Jasmine Yoder Lowell S. Coats Scholarship $2,000 Architecture Total Awards for 2021 $30,200
Ruth Redding Stoll, class of 1934, died December 31, 2020. Ruth worked for Archway Bakery and Hickory Farms. She was a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital, Visiting Nurse Hospice and Parkview Gift Shop. Surviving is her daughter, Nancy Bartol; daughter-in-law Carol Stoll Bruick; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Martha Crum Karst, class of 1938, passed away November 28, 2020. She retired in 1985 after 21 years working for School City of Mishawaka as a secretary for Twin Branch School. Martha is survived by her daughters, Gail Whitehead; Lori Kardell; and Marilou Gilman; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Alexander A. Azar, class of 1940, died December 17, 2020. Alex graduated from IU in three years with a business degree and then joined the U.S. Army to serve during World War II. He started his career by opening a grocery store with his brother, David ’41. However, he is more well known for opening the Azar’s Big Boy Restaurantsin Fort Wayne and then Marriott Hotels throughout the Midwest.He and his late wife, Norma, also raised a family. Survivors include his daughters, Laura Meers’67, Linda Azar ’70; son George,’78; and two grandchildren. Patricia HockerMcNiece, class of 1944, passed away… Read More
On Wednesday November 11, we will dedicate a plaque in the commons honoring Mr. Ron Holmes. Mr. Holmes is truly one of our legends and deserving of this honor. I also plan on giving his family members who will be attendance a book with memories submitted by his former students and staff members. If you have a memory to share with the family about Mr. Holmes please sent it to me to put together for the family. Please send it to [email protected] I would like it by the end of the day on Tuesday. Please include your year of graduation or years you worked with him.