Welcome to the class notes serving the Notre Dame class of 1968.

Classmates and friends of the Notre Dame Class of 1968,

Timeliness was the original appeal of a blog for our class notes, photos and messages: instead of waiting three months or so for news, we modern fellows and our friends could avail ourselves of the Internet for timely communication.  Since then, a second reason for the blog has come along: the notes submitted to the print magazine undergo a scrubbing for length and, apparently, for consistency with the “Notre Dame brand.”  But, as far as we are concerned, we are the Great ’68 and we are the Notre Dame brand.  So here we have a place for the kinds of interests and opinions we share freely when we are together.

Using the file directory at the right, you can navigate to pages set aside for various kinds of news: chances to get together (Rendezvous notes), game discusssions, how to find other Notre Dame alumni, several recent columns written about our class for Notre Dame magazine, photos and so on.  Perhaps some of you who are good at the technique will prepare a Podcast or a short video at one of the tailgate parties: let people give their names and their messages.  We can post the Podcasts and videos on our blog.

We can use the blog to leave comments, too.  In order to add your comment, you will have to register.  If you want to post photographs or new articles, send me your username at tfigel@reputecture.com and I will take care of the blog administration needed.  You can also email me the note or the photo with instructions and I will post the material for you.

If you attend a game, look for the Class of 1968 flag.  There, between the stadium and Legends (once the Senior Bar), you will find many of your friends.

 

Gary P. Verleye, September 22, 2012

Feb. 10, 1946 – Sept. 22, 2012
MISHAWAKA – Gary P. Verleye of Mason, Ohio, formerly of Mishawaka, IN, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012, in the Otterbein Retirement Living Community in Lebanon, OH. Gary was born on February 10, 1946, in Mishawaka, IN, as the son of the late August and Irene (VanOoteghem) Verleye. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, James Verleye. On June 11, 1966, Gary married his high school sweetheart. Linda Vernasco. They have one son, Michael Christopher. He is also survived by his brother, Stephen (Marianne) Verleye of Sammamish, WA; two brothers-in-law, David (Diane) Vernasco and George E. Vernasco, Mishawaka; his sister-in-law, Mrs. James Verleye (Elaine, South Bend); 12 nieces and nephews, and 15 great-nieces and nephews. Mr. Verleye was born and raised in Mishawaka, IN. He attended St. Bavo Catholic School, St. Joseph High School, Tri-State College (currently Trine University), and the University of Notre Dame where he graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in Business Administration, majoring in accounting. After graduation he accepted a job offer with Alexander Grant and Company (currently Grant Thornton) in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the accounting department. In 1969 Gary was called to serve our country, which he did willingly, and spent the next two years in the United States Army. His basic training was at Ft. Benning, GA, followed by three months at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in MD. The rest of his tour of duty was spent in Pirmasesn, Germany, in the Accounting and Finance Departments. Gary and Linda returned to Cincinnati where he continued to work for Alexander Grant and Company for three more years. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant license on September 14, 1972, and became a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the National Accounting Fraternity. In 1974 Gary started his own accounting business. He would run his company until he semi-retired in 2010, servicing hundreds of clients in the greater Cincinnati area over the years. Gary’s favorite hobbies included golf on almost every Sunday come rain, shine or snow for over 15 years, traveling, reading, and following Notre Dame football. He was a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s and Good Shepherd Church. Among all of his accolades and achievements nothing could compare to his proudest, the birth of his son, Michael. Gary was a hands-on father enjoying everything being a father could offer. He loved every aspect from changing diapers, at the age of 44, to helping with the soccer team, being a good listener and to teach by being a good example. Michael will graduate from the University of Notre Dame in the spring of 2013 with a degree in chemical engineering. Gary will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, brother and friend. He will always be remembered for his kindness, his warm wonderful smile, and his easy going pleasing personality. To live in the hearts you leave behind is not to die Visitation will be on Saturday, September 29, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka, with Rev. Barry England officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Gary may be made to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association , Memorial & Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674; or Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 8069 Washington Village Drive, Dayton, OH 45458; or University of Notre Dame, Dr. Ken Deye, Band Director, University Bands, P.O. Box 1023, 100 Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556; or to the charity of the donor’s choice . To leave the family an online condolence or to share memories with the family, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com.

Published in South Bend Tribune on September 27, 2012