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Columbian High School
Class Of 1962


Esma Elizabeth Cronin (1916 - 2018)

"Mrs. Cronin"

 After a long and full life, Esma Elizabeth Cronin, 101, passed away peacefully at Silver Maples of Chelsea Retirement Community on August 20th. Her daughter Mary, and son-in-law, John, were by her side.

...Despite her earlier vow, Esma returned to teaching in 1952 and taught American and world history, algebra, civics, health, and physical education in Tiffin public schools. She also served as cheerleading and pep squad coach for many years. Esma continued taking graduate-level courses in history at Purdue University over the years, but was just shy of attaining a master’s degree. Esma retired in 1978 after 31 years of teaching. Many of her former students still remember her as their favorite teacher.

Esma enjoyed her retirement by traveling around the country and visiting Europe many times. She remained active by serving as a docent at Seneca County Historical Museum in Tiffin and volunteering at Betty Jane Center’s thrift shop. She was a long-time member of Trinity United Church of Christ council and Mother’s Circle, Order of the Eastern Star, A.A.U.W., Tiffin Women’s Club, Seneca County Retired Teachers and Pan Hellenic Council. Esma also was an accomplished seamstress, knitter, bridge player, cook, generous friend, prolific reader, gardener and wonderful mother (and mother-in-law, John adds). She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

In 2007, Esma moved to Michigan to be near her daughter and found a whole new life and group of friends at Silver Maples in Chelsea, Michigan. She enjoyed their coffee hours, happy hours and various programs they offered. She served as chairperson of Silver Maples’ resident food committee, served on their residents’ council, played on their Wii (multi-player computer game) bowling team and belonged to two bridge-playing card groups. She also helped start a scholarship fund for the young people who work at Silver Maples. She continued to garden with a small balcony flower garden and by also advising the Silver Maples grounds crew on new and old flower plantings. Until macular degeneration affected Esma’s eyesight, she was an avid reader and she continued to knit dozens of “new baby” caps for hospital maternity wards. She also loved following “her Detroit Tigers.” Recently, she delighted in listening to audio books on an Amazon Echo and devoured at least one a week.

...In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Silver Maples Scholarship Fund 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea, MI 48118 or Faith in Action, Chelsea, Michigan. (See or

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Columbian High School 50th Reunion

50th Reunion Attendees


Front Row: Mike Ward, David Setzler, Bob Davis, Suellen (Roberts) Liberto, Cindy (Fry) Mullins, Jerrie (Haines) Pryor, Charlene (Mizen) Dillinger, Patty (Mazzaferro) Moore, Virginia (Correll) Poignon, Jim Mathias, Dave Fraley, C. Jean (Dunham) Snyder

Second Row: Bill Smith, Keith Lupton, Wayne Coffman, Anita (Kramer) Shew, Darlene (Toepper) Roder, Linda (Young) Hohman, Linda Kiesel-Hayman, Marty (Bump) Thompson, Kathy (Brant) Whipple, Betty (Steininger) Mclaughlin, Barbara (Sheffel) Knowles, Penny (Smith) Turner, Linda (Daughenbaugh) Rohrbach, Mary Ann (Estep) Bird, Pari (Turner) Carter, Barb (Johnson) Lynch, Sharon (Swander) Troxell

Third Row: Ed Crilly, Victor Foght, Paul Thomas, Lanny Sherer, Steve Smith, John Zoller, Steve Drake, Jeanne (Briney) Petrosini, Cheryl (Braley) Garpiel, Marilyn Shumway, Dorene (Hartman) Kerchner, Sharon (Hepp) Tennison, Brenda (Strausbaugh) Henderson, Roberta (Kay) Carter, Joy (Kolehmainen) Reynolds, Sonny Turner, Paul Pryer, Bill Doemel.

Top Row: Jerry Meyer, Jim Nordholt, Bob Biller, Jack Snay, Steve Wilcoxson, Ed Wilson, Don Baxter, John Mann, Jim Sherwood, Paul Paulus, Ernie Miller, Jim Flechner, Sten Williams, Dick Wetzel, Butch Schrenk, Jerry Doyle, Nelson Mathias

Columbian High School Entrance 1962

Columbian High School 1962

Welcome to the Columbian High School Class Of 1962 web site.  On August 3 and 4, 2012, we will be celebrating our 50th reunion at the Tiffin AMVETS, WOW! In preparing this site, I searched high and low for my Blue and Goid; couldn't find it anywhere. I did find Nancy's copy (Nancy is my wife and when we were in school, she was Nancy Walcutt). I sure did not remember the Boys Cheering Section, do you? You can look through the sections of the "Blue and Gold" and you may find yourself transported back to Columbian. We hope that you will use this space to reacquaint yourself with your classmates and share your life experiences. This site is private, no ads, no promotions and you are in control of your information. We hope that you will share your profile with your classmates, but you can keep that private even from them.

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